March 2014 News

MLKBallet has had a busy year so far, and things aren’t slowing down! Along with our commitment to providing accessible, quality ballet training for children in the Tacoma area, we also produce contemporary dance shows in Tacoma as a way of building a dance audience and to provide our students, and their families, opportunities to experience all levels and types of dance in the Tacoma community.

CHAMBER: An evening of contemporary dance and live chamber music.
March 29th at 7:00 P.M., at Urban Grace, $8
(902 Market Street, Downtown Tacoma)

Tickets are available online at and at the door. The event is ADA accessible.
This event is FREE for our students and a ticket will be held at will call under their name.

The public is also invited to a free open rehearsal on March 23rd, 11:00 A.M., at Schneebeck Hall on University of Puget Sound Campus.

Featuring original choreography by Faith Stevens and the world premier of commissioned music for cello, violin, piano, and electronics by local composer Brad Hawkins, CHAMBER blends contemporary dance with new music and bold 20th century works by Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and John Cage. CHAMBER joins old traditions with new and explores the visual aspects of music and dance performance, as performing artists share the stage.

Sponsored in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Photography by Scott Haydon

Contemporary Master Class with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Alex Crozier
Monday, March 17th, 7:30pm-9:00pm
$15/$10 with class card | open/intermediate level

The class will explore creative movement and improvisation with an emphasis on level changes, varying dynamics of movement, and partner work. Fun and informative, this class is geared towards various ages and dance backgrounds.
Space is limited. To register, or for more information, please email

Many thanks to all who came out for W.I.P.!
Our first Works In Progress series co-presented by The Barefoot Collective was a huge success and we are so thankful for all of the artists who presented work, and the audience who came out to watch and give input. Mark your calendars, the next installment in this series will be Monday, April 21st, 7:30pm-8:30pm at our studios at Urban Grace. If you are interested in performing or presenting work, or would like more information, please contact April Nyquist:

MLKBallet’s Winter Session is almost over and Spring Break is heading our way!
The last class of the session for Ballet I and Ballet II will be parent observation day, as well as a chance for parents to sign their students up for the Spring Session, which will include a student performance at MOVE! on May 10th. The dates and times for parent observation classes are as follows:
Ballet I – Tuesday, March 25th, 6-7pm
Ballet II – Monday, March 24th, 6-7:15pm

MOVE! #21
A Contemporary Dance Series
May 10th, 7PM, Theater on the Square, Downtown Tacoma

This year’s MOVE! is shaping up to be amazing!
Not only will our students get a chance to perform in a beautiful theater and show how hard they’ve been working all year, they will also be performing alongside some of the area’s best contemporary performers and companies.
Tickets are available online at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
More details on our MOVE page.

The Barefoot Collective & MLKBallet Present W.I.P.

W.I.P. (Works In Progress)

Monday, Feb. 17th7:30-8:30pm

Urban Grace Studio

902 Market Street, Downtown Tacoma

tickets: $5 at the door (cash, check, and credit card accepted)

Barefoot Collective & MLKBallet host W.I.P. (Works in Progress) – a works-in-progress studio series for performing arts including dance, music, spoken word, theater, and more.  This is a chance for artists to perform new and in-process works for a small audience in a relaxed atmosphere.  For audience members, this is an opportunity to experience live theater and get a rare glimpse into the creative process of artists in all types of performing arts.  At the end of the evening there is an opportunity to give and exchange constructive feedback in the Q&A between the audience and the artists.  This is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen, connect with other artists and receive feedback!

Held in the dance studio at Urban Grace, (enter through side door off 9th, up the stairwell to the 3rd floor).

For performing inquiries, please contact April Nyquist,

For more info:

Contemporary Master Class – MLK Day – January 20th

MLKBallet Celebrates MLK Day by offering a

Contemporary Master Class

with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Shadou Mintrone!

Monday, January 20th, 7pm-8:30pm

$15/$10 for class card

open/intermediate level

Space is limited.  To register, or for more information, email


3rd Floor Studios

at Urban Grace Church

902 South Market Street

Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

Shadou Mintrone, originally from southwest Florida, Shadou is a graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a new resident to Seattle.  Throughout college she has worked under the direction and guidance of many choreographers such as Christopher Huggins and Gary Jeter.  Special development of her training came through the wisdom and refinement of Ronen Koresh and Scott Jovovich.  Company credits go to Brian Sanders, JUNK, and Zane Booker, SLJ Arts Initiative.  In 2009, Shadou was selected as one of three females to perform in Santiago, Chile for “Danza en el Metro” under the direction of Wayne St. David and Maria Urrutia.  Now with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance (May 2011) Shadou is dancing for Spectrum Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Tony-nominated Donald Byrd.  Alongside company work, she has just finished assisting Seattle director Eric Ankrim in Balagan Theater’s remount of Spring Awakening.

2014 Winter Session

Our Winter 2014 Session will begin on January 6th, please see our Class Schedule for more information.

New for 2014: Intro to Ballet Fundamentals for Adults & Teens!

With emphasis on form, core strength, and stretching, this class is a perfect way to discover ballet.  Especially geared towards beginners, this class is also a great way to refine technique for the seasoned dancer.  This class begins on January 6th, 2014.  Please see our Class Schedule for more information.

MLKBallet presents: Mistletoes!

Join us for MLKBallet’s annual holiday celebration:


Tuesday, December 17th
Admission is Free

The Parlor at Urban Grace
902 South Market, Downtown Tacoma
all ages, admission is free
wine walk | cupcake walk | live music
performances | food and drink

This December 17th, we will be celebrating our students and their achievements so far this year at our annual holiday gala, MISTLETOES. Students will have a chance to perform for their families and celebrate together with the broader community. All proceeds benefit mlkballet’s tuition-free dance training programs.

Ten Tiny Dances!

MLKBallet Presents:

Ten Tiny Dances®
an experiment in confined space

August 25th, 6PM, 2013
Jazzbones, Tacoma
2803 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406

10 Big Performances – 1 Tiny Stage
MLKBallet is back with one of their most engaging contemporary dance series, Ten Tiny Dances®. The audience will get a rare, up-close theatre experience featuring ten performances from some of the area’s most innovative dancers, all confined to a 4 foot by 4 foot stage.

Featuring work from:
Shelby Alexander (Tacoma)
Sean B. Cormack (Seattle)
Hannah Crowley (Tacoma)
Jeanne Douville (Tacoma)
Tara Dyberg (Seattle)
Vincent Michael Lopez (Seattle)
Shadou Mintrone (Tacoma)
Amanda Oie (Seattle)
Kt Shores (Seattle)
Tacoma City Ballet (Tacoma)

$20 at the door or $15 in advance at
$7 at the door for under 12 and students with ID.

902 Market St
Tacoma, WA 98402-3605

All proceeds benefit MLKBallet’s tuition-free dance training program. Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced by Mike Barber. Please see for more information.