Sabor Flamenco Sunday June 9th, 2019 6:00 pm


Marisela Fleites


Flamenco dancer, choreographer and instructor Marisela FLeites will be presenting and dancing with her company Sabor Flamenco during our annual flamenco show. Experience original traditional flamenco dance choreographies accompanied by live musicians. Featuring this year internationally renown guitarist Gerardo de Alcala with singer Jafelin Helten. This is a family friendly event and all ticketing is general seating. Early bird pricing ends May 10th and we usually sell out. Feel free to post this event in your different social  media outlets, invite your family and friend. It is going to be great!

When: June 9th, 6:00pm.
Where: Alma Mater, Fawcett theater, 1322 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, Washington, 98402
Price: $20 


Vicci Martinez Benefit Concert for T.U.P.A.C.

Sunday August 18th, 2019



Vicci Martinez returns to Tacoma with Emily Tarver to  perform at the beautiful Fawcett Hall of Alma Mater, to raise funds for the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, T.U.P.A.C.. who provide high quality dance instruction to the underserved and marginalized youth of Tacoma.  

Live music performed by Vicci Martinez & Emily Tarver, and local musicians celebrate the school that the late Kabby Mitchell III envisioned.   

Kabby Mitchell III was the first African American dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, PNB. Kabby passed away just as his dream was about to be realized.  

Please help us continue to provide our most deserving racially and socioeconomically diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts at T.U.P.A.C.  

Alma Mater

1322 Fawcett Ave

Tacoma, WA 984020

5:00 pm

For information on donations, and sponsoring, contact: Tess at 253-327-1873 or

Harriet: The Black Swan

A New Ballet


Sunday February 24th, 2019


Sunday February 24th, 2019


Sunday February 24th, 2019






An In-Studio Performance

An In-Studio Performance



A Free Community Event

An In-Studio Performance

A Free Community Event


An In-Studio Performance

A Free Community Event


Hilltop Street Fair


T.U.P.A.C. Students Perform

Saturday, August 25th @ 5:00 pm on the People's Park Stage!

Come see us dance!

Hilltop on the Move




 Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
​104 17th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
​Tickets: $40 Suggested Donation
or Pay What You Can *​ Limited Discount Tickets - Shop Early!

​Scheduled to Appear with Mona & Lesa:
Owuor Arunga, Trumpet | Elaine Martin, Vocals
Evan Flory-Barnes, Bass
Adrian Smith, Cello | Paul Richardson, Piano 
John Hargrave Jr., Spoken Word
Renee Williams, Ballerina, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center   

Brian Kirk, Drums |  Patricia Valentine, Vocals
Olu Dixon & Eyoub Endris, Northwest Tap Connection
Kelle Brown, Vocals | Makeda Ebube & Youth Dancers 

Special Guest​
India Arie 

 ​​Let the Strings Speak is the brain child of Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of Evergreen State College Tacoma campus and educator since 1950. It’s a collaboration with Dr. Lesa Terry, violinist and educator and her twin sister Mona Terry, CMP, Mona Terry, featured harpist. The collaboration is inclusive of the music from the Pan African Culture that sustains and feeds your soul. We partner with other professional musicians along with up and coming young artists and plant a seed of possibility. As educators we believe that the sounds from the String instruments reduce the noise level in our development and learning raises the energy and allows us to reach for excellence. We are excited to present this intergenerational program for our 3rd year and invite the community to join us for an afternoon of healing. 




Summer Members’ Celebration

July 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You’re invited to celebrate our newest summer exhibition! Come discover To Sing of Beauty, featuring two video installations celebrating Blackness by Northwest artist C. Davida Ingram and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin.

Don’t miss the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center‘s dance interpretation of Childish Gambino’s “This is America”.

Come and groove to lively music by Miz Floes & Jazzy Sol, hear from prominent community leaders, snap a picture at our photo kiosk, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

Cost: FREE for Members; $10 for Non-members.

The Greatest Obstacle For Boys Who Do Ballet Is Often Their Own Fathers

Huffington Post Article 



T.U.P.A.C. Students

A Day in the Sun at Fireman's Park.



Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center opens its doors!

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.


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.


All 4 1 Dancepalooza

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!

Master Teachers 2018
Featuring Guest Host: Acclaimed star of Alvin Ailey -Michael Leon Thomas 

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