Summer Session registration is now open! Spend your summer at T.U.P.A.C.!
A Day in the Sun at Fireman's Park.
You will want to attend this special 3 week residency of vibrant dance!
Kemet Sims- Parker is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She began her dance training in Portland, Oregon. Kemet studied Ballet at the “The Russian Dance Academy”. Later moved to Seattle Washington where her dance career really begins.
Kemet studied Jazz and Afro-Jazz Dance with Master Dance Instructors such as: The Master Dancer & Choreographer & Story Teller “Griot” Chuck Davis formerly of New York & Connecticut College of Dance.
She was mentored by Edna Daigre of “Ewajo” and became a part of Ewajo's dance company studying Dunham Technique, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and Samba. Kemet performed with Ewajo, “Charles Benjamin & Tropical Rain Storm” at the Seattle Opera House. Kemet is a performer of traditional Folkloric Afro-Cuban Orisha dance and song with “Juan Carlos Blanco” as a principal dancer Dance Company “Omo Ache’”
Kemet studied and performs Traditional West African dance Mariam Feye Soul of Senegal in Los Angeles Franchesska Berry and is a lead principal dancer of the “Som La Bi Joli Dance Ensemble”. Kemet attended College at Cornish Institute of Allied Arts with a major in Modern Dance (Gram Technique) minor in Ballet.
Hearts On Fire
Empowering young women through teachings on the value of the mind, body, and soul.
The Hearts On Fire Program uses creative activities and discussions to empower youth to stay positive, learn decision making skills, and develop a plan for their future!
Once a month for 1.5 hours the girls will complete fun, age specific curriculum, engage in round table discussions, and participate in creative group activities at the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.
Each youth will receive a Development Portfolio upon completion of the program year, along with Letters of Recommendation for work and/or scholarships.
High School Students will focus on volunteer opportunities throughout the community to use towards high school completion requirements and college applications!
If you or someone you know are in school and are in the 5th-12th grade and would like to learn skills to help you be the best at what you love and prepare for High School, College and beyond, Join Hearts On Fire!
All girls enrolled in our partner schools are eligible for HOF. Girls self select, and can be recommended to HOF by teachers, school admins, and parents. Check outwww.girlsheartsonfire.org for more information.
Our Opening day classes were taught by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director, founding member and principal dancer of
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.
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.
Thank you to Daniel from DASSdance for inviting us to Dancepalooza! It was an amazing experience for our T.U.P.A.C. students to be able to take master workshops and perform with so many other amazing dance companies. What a day! ❤
All 4 1 Dancepalooza showcases local choreographers and rising young dance stars as well as featuring a diverse array Seattle's professional talent. The goal of All 4 1 is to push contemporary dance forward in a setting that encourages diversity and friendship. Young talent from all-over the greater Puget Sound from Chehalis to Whidbey Island will converge on Seattle's Capital Hill and Downtown to take classes from Contemporary Dance Masters and light up the stage for three days of exciting classes and edge of your seat entertainment!
Michael Leon Thomas, NYC (Contemporary) a native of Dillon, South Carolina, made his professional debut with renowned dancer and artistic director Judith Jamison in her company The Jamison Project. Mr. Thomas has performed principal roles with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers, Dance Brazil, Donald Byrd/The Group, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. RhythMEK, a company he formed with two former Ailey dancers, Elizabeth Roxas and Karine Plantadit, received rave reviews for their company premieres at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Prospect Park’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, LMCC’s Evening Stars at the World Trade Center, Dance Salad Festival, and the Telluride Dance Festival. Michael’s solo dance theater effort, Motion Theatre Lab, enjoyed premieres of his work as part of the City Parks SummerStage Series and at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall. He is currently working on his one man show, Finding Eros, dancing to songs performed by Sammy Davis Jr. His choreography has been commissioned by The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Cape Town Dance Company, The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Long Island University (Brooklyn and Post campuses), Encuentro Internacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain, The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, The Beijing Dance Academy and DanceworX in Mumbai, India. Mr. Thomas teaches the Horton technique at Marymount Manhattan College and Hunter College, Dance Composition and Choreography at LIU Post, and Contemporary dance at the Ailey School, as well as teaching Revelations Residencies for The Ailey Arts & Education initiatives and festivals and schools both in the US and abroad. Michael also works with actress Anna Deavere Smith as her movement coach for her theatrical productions Let Me Down Easy, On Grace, and most recently Notes from the Field, which airs on HBO in 2018. Michael also works with Ms. Smith at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU as a key teacher in her classes at the Department of Performance Studies. He has served as the Program Director for the Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance intensives in New York and Co-Director of CAS/AileyCamp New York. Michael received his BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of Arts where he was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
Dammiel Cruz (Ballet) is from New York, New York. He studied on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Boston Ballet. He was the recipient of the Mae. L. Wien Award and Danish American Nationals Cultural Exchange (DANCE) scholarship. Mr. Cruz joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet later that year.
Koach Tee Giggz (Hip Hop) is the Artistic Director of Kutt’n’up Entertainment, a hip hop group that consists of youth from all over the greater Seattle area. Koach Tee recently opened up N the Kutt studios. Koach Tee is not only a great teacher and director, he is a valuable mentor that strives to improve the physicality and mentality of his dancers and audience through his passion for dance. Kutt’n’Up provides a family atmosphere that encourages 100% dedication 100% of the time.
Koach Tee teaches at Rainier Community Center as well as other community centers and dance studios. Kutt’n’Up is featured annually at KUBE 93 Summer Jam, tours nationally and performs at local high schools and festivals such Festival Sundiata and Juneteenth. Koach’s words of encouragement: Dance, Dedication, Discipline, Desire & Dream. For more on Kutt’n’Up please visit kuttnup.com.