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Thanks to the International Dance Communitity for assuring Kabby MItchell III's Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center will be a cornerstone of Arts Education in Tacoma WA for years to come.

Kabby Mitchell, III Memorial

Celebration of Kabby's Life Memorial

was held at 

The Paramount Theatre

Sunday, July 9th 


Josh Labelle, Executive Director Seattle Theatre Group, Ricardo Frazer, Board President, Seattle Theatre Group, Vivian Phillips, Seattle Mayor, Edward Murray, Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Marie Chong,Director, ARC Dance Company, Bertram Johnson, Riverside Church, NY, Pat Wright, Director, Total Experience Choir, Melba Ayco, Director, NW Tap Connection,  Edna Daigre,Director,  Ewajo Dance Center, Dr. Tawnya Petiford-Wates, Co-Founder,The Conciciation Project, Donald Byrd, Artistic Director, Spectrum Dance Theater, Peter Boal, Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Damaris Caughlan, Artistic Director, Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma, The Evergreen State College Faculity, all of the talented and gifted performars, Seattle Theatre Group, staff, board, volunteers and crew, Dilettante Chocolates, Tom Douglas Catering, and last but not least, all of Kabby's family, friends and students, who all paid a big part in the  tribute to 

Kabby Mitchell, "Cultural Ambassador" and mentor to many.

Fall/Winter Session: Sept.18th - Jan. 20th

Our Opening day classes were taught by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director, founding member and principal dancer of 

Dance Theatre of Harlem

It is our goal to create dancers who are prepared to attend any dance school and be more than  proficient in various dance disciplines which include, Ballet, Liturgical, West African, Hip Hop and Guest Artist Classes in Afro Contemporary, Acting, Etiquette, Musical Theater and Choreography.



Hurry as space is limited!

Porsha Robinson - Young Dancer Program  (YDP) Parent Guild Association (PGA) Coordinator

All Parents become T.U.P.A.C. Parent Guild Association (PGA) members upon registration of their students.  T.U.P.A.C. believes your support of our YDP students by assisting us in providing quality dance education in your child's lives is paramount to the success of our school. There are many opportunities for parents to share their experience and support  your children at T.U.P.A.C. For more information, please contact Porsha Robinson, the PGA Coordinator at: office@tacomaupac.org


Crosscut Features T.U.P.A.C. 

Tacoma News Tribune Feature Article

Northwest Now Video Feature



Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party
& AMOCAT Arts Awards

Wednesday, October 4

6 - 9 PM

The Spire, 710 S. Anderson

FREE! No RSVP required

Get out and have some fun while helping us kick off Tacoma Arts Month on the right note. Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment including:

·  Music by Will Jordan, Smokey Wonder, Travis Barker, Ben Wildenhaus, and Chromatography

·  West African dance and drumming performance by T.U.P.A.C.

·  Indonesian dance performance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center

·  Contemporary dance by Barefoot Collective

·  Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson and Jinx Jones

·  Staged reading of CLOSE written by Nick Stokes and directed by Jose Amador

·  Multimedia art exhibits by Mauricio Robalino, Qin Tan, Gillian Nordlund, and Erika Ray

·  Film screenings and popcorn with The Grand Cinema

·  Hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum

·  TeenTix

·  Appetizers and a no-host bar

We will honor the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients starting at 6 pm. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate! Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma; hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Event Sponsors: Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema

Premier Sponsors: The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Click! Cable TV

Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Scholarship Form

T.U.P.A.C. Scholarship Form (pdf)