Dance Theatre Northwest’s Auction Gala rewards mutual giving


Proof that giving is a two-way street will be evident when residents of the greater University Place/Tacoma area come together to support Dance Theatre Northwest’s “Fall for Dance” fundraising event. This live, silent auction takes place at the University Place Atrium, 3609 Market Place, on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5-9 p.m. For $50 per person, attendees will enjoy live musical entertainment, beverages, small plates and a chance to bid on high-value auction itemslike an exotic tropical vacation, a cruise, and moreall for an urgent purpose. Every year, DTNW gives people of all ages, cultures and economic circumstances opportunities to experience the beauty of live dance, with full costumes and amenities, through dozens of free public performances. Since the last capital campaign, 25 years ago, portable dance floors, professional sound and light equipment, and other essentials necessary for these outreach programs have simply worn out and need replacement.

“We’ve taken this equipment out to schools, retirement homes and other places, to serve the community, and now it’s just breaking down,” said Dance Theatre Northwest’s Artistic Director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer.

I’ve gone to these performances at the schools and it’s miraculous. The kids are just enraptured. It makes an enormous impression,said board of directors member Jim Baldes.

Howard Lee, another member of the board said, “Melanie brings the art of dance to people who would never be introduced to it without these in-school performances.”

Kirk-Stauffer believes that youth development, including providing excellent role models, is the key to a better future for every community. DTNW has a proven track record.

Former DTNW student Katherine Neumann said, “In the last 20 years I’ve been a part of DTNW as a student, company member and instructor. Growing up, it was both a learning environment and a second home. I learned life skills that have helped me be successful in both my personal and professional life.”

Tremar Baptiste, a recent graduate of New York University with an MFA in dance said of Kirk-Stauffer, “She learned from Joffrey himself. If not for Miss Melanie’s training, I wouldn’t have been accepted into a dance school in Paris.”

Dance Theatre Northwest is located at 2811 Bridgeport Way W. University Place, WA 98466 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Tax I.D. # 91-1607293

For more information please visit or call (253) 778-6534.

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