Dance, Dance, Dance


There’s a whole lot of motion going on around these parts. Here are a few listings of upcoming opportunities to participate in ballet and how to learn ways to shape your body to music. There is also notice of a great flamenco dance performance coming soon to the Antique Sandwich Company.

  • Open Ballet with Julie Tobiason

Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. and Saturdays 9-10:30 a.m.

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, 734 Pacific Ave., third floor, Tacoma

Join TUPAC’s amazingly talented ballet director, Julie Tobiason, every Friday for open adult ballet (ages 13+). And every Saturday for open ballet all ages.

Tobiason is a former principal dancer at the Pacific Northwest Ballet and has danced and choreographed for Arc Dance productions, Evergreen City Ballet, Seattle International Dance Festival, and many more. She also co-founded Seattle Dance Project.

Info: or

  • Ballet Fusion with Heather Arneson

Wednesdays noon-1:15 p.m.

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, 734 Pacific Ave., third floor, Tacoma

Through the artistry of Heather Arneson you will enjoy a combination of ballet and Broadway jazz. This class emphasizes ballet and jazz techniques, musicality and performance. Come and join us at TUPAC for a fun, welcoming and focused dance environment.

Info: (253) 327-1873 or

  • Belly dance workshop with Roxy: Limitless with Circles and Figure-eights

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

Picasso’s Catering, 3822 S. Union, Tacoma

Have you ever wondered how to put shapes and dance patterns into a beautiful piece of music that you love to dance to? There are 1,001 ways. In this workshop, however, you will explore and find ways that will work uniquely for you. You will discover fascinating ways to listen to the music and apply creatively to your own dynamic performances. Come to this workshop with a growth mindset to allow yourself to flourish and you will love yourself and your dance more, and more. All levels welcome. Content: 20/80 mix of lecture and dance techniques. Activity levels: slow to moderate (make your own decision). What to bring? Your love of dance, water, towel, dance shoes (if you like to spin) and wear comfortable clothing.

Hasani’s Hafla, a quarterly belly dance party, follows the workshop at 6 p.m.

Cost: $30 until Feb. 3, $40 after Feb. 3.


Photo by Mariana Gomez
  • Carnival with Sabor Flamenco

Saturday Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.

The Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 N. Pearl St., Tacoma 

Join Sabor Flamenco for a traditional flamenco dance and music performance, with roots in Spain and Cuba. Headliner Marisela Fleites, along with Sabor Flamenco students, will bring the spirit of carnival. This is an all-ages event with no reserved seating. Tickets required for children older than 3 years. Note last year the event filled to capacity quickly.

Cost: $10


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