Kabby Mitchell III
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Pacific Northwest Ballet- Soloist
Netherlands Dance Theater
Civic Light Opera
Kabby Mitchell, III, choreographer, educator and performer whose signature choreography has been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dans Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet. He was the first African American male soloist to dance with Pacific Northwest Ballet. He was also a professor of Performing Arts and African American Studies at Evergreen State College; and was celebrated with a 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award. A mentor to thousands, he recently founded the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.) to further the arts education for the youth of Tacoma.
Kabby Mitchell, III had been a dance instructor for more than thirty-five years, having taught ballet, modern, jazz and Afro- Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa and Mexico. In Seattle, he worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, DASS Dance, Spectrum and Ewajo Dance Workshop. His local choreography credits included work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Rep, Bathhouse Theatre, ACT and Civic Light Opera. His credits included Sankofa Theatre’s MAAFA Experience at the Moore Theatre; Flight, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton at ACT; Hamlet X, directed by Tyrone Brown; and his own piece, Beautiful/Ugly, at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
He frequently contributed his time to help programs that support the development of young urban dancers, and is supporter of local art and theatre companies whose goals are to serve the underserved community through the arts. In 2007, as part of PNB’s 1st Celebrate Seattle Festival, Kabby was honored for his significant contributions to the Northwest dance scene and for being the first African American to dance with PNB. Also in 2007, he was featured on the cover of Colors NW magazine August issue and Arthur Mitchell, the director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, asked him to be a part of the “Masters and Mentors” program. DASS Dance also honored Mr. Mitchell for his contributions to Contemporary Dance in the Northwest. Most recently Mr. Mitchell directed and choreographed Ballet Bellevue’s Nutcracker; choreographed Seattle Opera’s Porgy and Bess and last summer he choreographed Langston Hughes summer musical entitled Roll of Thunder: Hear My Cry.