Join us this summer for Dance Camp. Kids will learn ballet, West African, and hip hop dance. During each week, we will also explore different Disney themes through play, arts and crafts, stories, and music.
Inspired by conversations with Dr. Maxine Mimms & the late Kabby Mitchell III
Selected for The 2020 Kwanzaa Film Festival
Selected for The 2020 Alt Alternative Film Festival
Selected for The 2021 WRPN Women's International Film Festival
Selected for The 2021 Children's Film Festival Seattle
Selected for The 2021 Imagine Rain Independent Film Festival
Selected for the The Anatolia International Film Festival
Selected for the The Gold Star Movie Awards
Selected for The Cannes World Film Festival
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PNB hosts T.U.P.A.C. Students to inspiring complimentary PNB performances!
Current PNB Company members and Instructors share their professional curriculum with T.U.P.A.C. Students.
Teaching Artist Training Lab The Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is a seven-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools.
Check out this great video of our 2018 Urban Nutcracker rehearsal.
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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Kabby Mitchell III will always be our touchstone. TUPAC would not exist without Kabby's vision and we shall forever be grateful for how he shaped our lives and shared with us his discipline, grace, fortitude, truth, constant quest for excellence and laughter.
We shall always honor his memory by keeping his passion for not only educating marginalized communities with high quality classical ballet technique, but also setting an example for guiding students in being respected world citizens.
Thank you, Mr. Mitchell - we stand on your shoulders, and will always strive to relay your high standards to our students.