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SPICE! Dances of the African and Arab Diaspora
Landmark Convention Center - Gothic Ballroom, 4th Fl
Tacoma, WA
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SPICE! Dances of the African and Arab Diaspora
Rapture Movement Presents
SPICE! Dances of the African and Arab Diaspora

SPICE! is a powerful, exciting showcase of dance styles from around the world with origins in the African and Arab diaspora, including North African and Middle Eastern folkloric, Afro-Latin, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean genres. Sometimes its glitzy, sometimes abrasive. Sometimes its brooding, sometimes ecstatic.  Sometimes sexy, always passionate. Sometimes political, but always powerful. Take in the rich flavors and textures of the African and Arab Diaspora!  

October 6, 2018
*Please note updated location*
Landmark Convention Center
Gothic Ballroom, 3rd FL
47 St. Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

7:30 pm Show, 6:30 pm Doors and Cocktail Hour

A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C)

Confirmed Acts:

NW Tap Connection (Rhythmic Tap)
Tricia Diamond and her New Orleans Bounce Team (Mapouka, Twerk)
Alia Lux (Dancehall)
Tudo Beleza (Samba Reggae)
Franchesska Berry (West African, Senegalese)
BALORICO Vanessa Villalobos (Afro-Latin Contemporary)
La Clave Cubana (Afro-Cuban/Palo Congo)
Charles Carson (Krump/Hip Hop)
Waseem Sbait/Jafra Dabke (Palestinian Dabke)
Carol the Belly Dancer (Iraqi Dagger Dance)
Akahsia (Nubian)
Desi D' Amour (Lebanese Oriental Bellydance)
Nafiah (Egyptian Baladi)
Sabor Flamenco featuring Marisela Fleites, guitarist John Bussoletti and singer Samir Osorio (Flamenco)

Line up subject to change.

Some of the most beloved art forms arose out of traumatic events. Across parts of the Levant, villagers and Bedouins linked arms as they marched and stomped rhythmically with dabke, a line dance that goes from being a dance of joy to one that establishes a collective identity in the face of occupation and violence. With the Transatlantic Slave trade from Africa to the Americas, West Africans brought their rhythms and movements along to ease the pain of daily oppression. Influenced by local Latin traditions, some of those movements evolved into popular dance styles like samba and salsa. When black slaves in the North American colonies combined West African rhythms and steps with the Irish jig, tap dancing was born.

What do dabke, samba, and tap have in common? They are dance forms that were shaped or created out of any combination of slavery, exile, and colonization. We acknowledge the uncomfortable histories by celebrating the undeniable contributions to our daily human experience, the music and dances we all enjoy so very much.

The goals for this show are :

1) to educate the public about the history of these dance forms
2) to encourage the audience to make connections between pop culture, social justice, and history
3) to entertain and inspire people to take classes, attend and produce shows
4) to grow support for local performing arts communities, particularly those of color
5) to raise funds in support of Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, which provides classical ballet instruction to the youth of under-served communities.

About T.U.P.A.C.
"Where Classical Ballet Legends Are Trained!"

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), a 501(c)3, offers classical ballet and multicultural dance instruction for children and teens ages 6-18 that aims to provide the discipline, the creativity and the confidence to reach their highest potential. Classes in ballet, liturgical, West African, hip-hop and Pilates concentrate on proper placement and gradual advancement of motion.


Provide our most deserving  racially and socioeconomically diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts.


T.U.P.A.C. envisions a future where our students will be globally recognized as T.U.P.A.C. artists by the content of their character, their poise, the generosity of their spirit and the phenomenal contributions they make to their communities and the planet.


Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.

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Landmark Convention Center - Gothic Ballroom, 4th Fl (View)
47 Saint Helens Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Carol Thuy Bui
On BPT Since: Feb 04, 2015
Carol Bui

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