Dance Theatre Northwest presents ‘Holiday Traditions’ in University Place


Dance Theatre Northwest presents “Holiday Traditions,” a free community holiday dance and “Arts Are Education” performance at the University Place Library Atrium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at 3609 Market St., University Place, (between 37thStreet West and Bridgeport Way West). 

The performance is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.  

Dance Theatre Northwest company member Oceana Thunder, along with dance ensemble members Emma Young and Fancy Williamson, Jr. and guest performers, will be featured. “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and other traditional dance and holiday pieces, with an accompanying lecture by artistic director and choreographer Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, will be presented.

DTNW’s Kirk-Stauffer currently conducts lectures, dance workshops, and performances in many area schools as well as at Dance Theatre Northwest and through Pierce College. DTNW students have gone on to receive scholarships in dance from Joffrey Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Wayne State, Brigham Young, Park Pointe, Montana State, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, Chapman, Tisch School of the Arts-NYU, Barat Conservatory, and Arizona State Universities; to dance professionally (most recently at Pacific Northwest Ballet), in musicals and touring companies, to work in college dance programs, and to teach professionally. 

Dance Theatre Northwest has received multiple awards for outstanding community service and for artistic excellence. With a mission of making dance performances more accessible and giving back to the supporting community, DTNW has been making free performances available to the public through its Arts Are Education and Art Inspires Art program. This enables members of the community who may not be able to attend a formal concert to enjoy a professional theatre experience, while giving the dancers an opportunity to be involved in our community first hand.

Dance Theatre Northwest is also preparing for formal performances of “The Nutcracker,” with upcoming shows slated for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Auditorium with ticket prices from $22-$28 adults and $12-$14 seniors (over 60). Child, student, military discounts, Dream Passes and group rates are available.

Tickets are available online at, and at the Dance Theatre Northwest  studios at  2811 in Bridgeport Way West #24, University Place; at the box office day of show; or by calling (253) 778-6534. Mount Tahoma is located at 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. Parking is free and the theatre is handicapped accessible.

Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization committed to making dance as an important art form accessible to individuals and groups and to assisting future dancers and artists. Dance Theatre Northwest is currently offering ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, stretch, conditioning and dance exercise classes and performance opportunities for adults, teens and children at 2811 Bridgeport Way W., #24, University Place. Phone (253) 778-6534 for more information and visit

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