West African with Etienne Capko & live drums by Yaw Amponsah


ETIENNE CAKPO, T.U.P.A.C.'s West African Instructor is Originally from Benin, Etienne is the Director and Lead Choreographer/dancer of Gansango Music and Dance. Etienne has been building his repertoire of traditional and modern dance for over thirty years. As Director of Gansango Music and Dance, Etienne leads the company's work with dozens of public libraries, schools and independent arts agencies locally and nationally to make performances of dance and music from Africa available to a wide range of audiences, including young children.

Summer Session TBA

Love, joy, sorrow, courage, and all other emotions are expressed through rhythmic movements. Join us every Tuesday, as we move the heart and soul through West African dance.  

West African Dance Photo Gallery

Yaw Amponsah

Drop-ins are welcome. $20 per class. 5 & 10 class cards & New student discounts are available!

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We love seeing all of our students, feel free to visit during any normal business hours.

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center

734 Pacific Ave, 3rd FL Tacoma, WA 98402, U.S.

253-327-1873