T.U.P.A.C. "Where Classical Ballet Legends are Trained!"

It's Valentines Day All Month!

 Love yourself and take a dance class!


A good place to start: Ballet Fusion: Through the artistry of Heather Arneson you will enjoy a combination of Ballet and Broadway Jazz. This class emphasizes ballet & jazz techniques, musicality and performance. Come and join us at T.U.P.A.C. a fun, welcoming and focused dance environment! 

Wednesday’s 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm




SCHEDULE OF CLASSES  January 20th - June 9th, 2018



      4:30 – 5:30      YDP Ballet I  w/Turner

    5:30 – 7:00      YDP Ballet II  w/Short

                            7:00 - 8:30       YDP/OPEN West African  w/Capko 


               12:00 – 1:15   OPEN Ballet Fusion  w/Arneson

            6:30 - 7:30    YDP Hip Hop  w/Advincula   


6:00 – 7:15   YDP Ballet I & II  w/Short


         8:30 - 9:30    OPEN Pilates Mat  w/Frieson

  9:30 – 11:00  OPEN Ballet  w/Tobiason

                                  7:30 – 9:00      YDP/OPEN West African  w/Gordon-Mateen


     9:00 – 10:30 OPEN Ballet  w/Tobiason  

  10:30 – 12:00 YDP Ballet II  w/Tobiason

12:00 – 1:00  YDP Ballet I  w/Turner  

****YDP: Young Dancer Program Ages 6-18

****OPEN: Ages 13-Adult 

T.U.P.A.C. Summer Study Program

Stressing Balanchine Technique -  pointe - variations - character - repertory - pilates - contemporary - 

guest teachers -  lectures

directed by: Julie Tobiason, former PNB principal dancer.

 Schedule coming soon.

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"Olivia has learned so much in the so many months that she's been taking dance classes at T.U.P.A.C. Its amazing to see her growth. She loves every class, especially ballet and calls herself a 'ballet nerd.' 
The many performance opportunities give the kids a chance to be in front of an audience and more importantly,  they allow the parents and kids a chance to connect with the community. I love that. Through T.U.P.A.C, we have also had the opportunity to see high quality performances, which has helped to fuel my daughter's desire to learn, dance and perform. 

One of the my favorite things about Olivia taking class at T.U.P.A.C is that she now has so many mentors. The school helps to guide the children to be healthy human beings and good community members. We look forward to the Girls Hearts On Fire meetings, which help to empower girls and provide holistic enrichment through creative projects, discussions and other programs. 
~ Jenna Frieson (parent) 






Posted on February 19, 2012 by 3 comments

Tupac Shakur, hardcore rapper, was a former ballet dancer. Below is an excerpt of his biography

Tupac Shakur’s mother was a Black Panther activist and she was in prison during her pregnancy. Her militancy influenced both his upbringing and later, his music. But it was acting that first attracted the young Tupac, who became a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theatre company.
As a teenager, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dance classes, including ballet. He later said that he would have been a completely different person if it was not for these experiences, and from that, we can take it, he would have lived the violent life, but without the music.
And it was while living in Baltimore, he discovered rap and began performing as MC New York. In the late 1980s, Shakur and his family moved to the West Coast. He joined the Oakland, California-based hip-hop group ‘Digital Underground’, which earlier had scored a hit with the song “The Humpty Dance.”
In 1991, Shakur emerged as a solo artist — using the name 2Pac — with his debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now’. The track “Brenda’s Got a Baby” reached as high as number three on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. His second album ‘Strictly 4 My N. I. G. G. A. Z.’ crossed over to the pop charts, with singles “I Get Around” and “Keep Ya Head Up.” The album went platinum, selling more than a million copies. Around this time, Shakur also appeared in several films, including ‘Poetic Justice’ (1993) opposite Janet Jackson.

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