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June
10th

The Jo Emery dance show “Dances with Dancers” features dads, uncles and even a mom alongside young ballet aspirants at Tacoma’s Metro Parks Star Center

Mom Heidi Wachter and daughter Katherine Ann (left); dad Roby Howard and daughter Braylen, performing in "Dances with Dancers" this Saturday. Photo: Thomas Kimpel.
Mom Heidi Wachter and daughter Katherine Ann (left); dad Roby Howard and daughter Braylen, performing in “Dances with Dancers” this Saturday. Photo: Thomas Kimpel.

This is the time of year for showing off what your kids have been learning all year. Violin recitals, band concerts, circus shows – and of course dance recitals. The Jo Emery Ballet School, just off South Tacoma Way, has been offering their annual student showcase every year for decades, but lately there’s been something unusual about it: It doesn’t just feature kids. No, the moms, dads, and grandparents are getting in on the act too. And there’s another new thing – the show is moving from the Pantages to the new Metro Parks Star Center this Saturday.

“This year’s ‘Dances with Dancers’ features 21 dancing dads, uncles or grandfathers, and one dancing mom, performing in two separate dances alongside their children,” says founding director Jo Emery, who has been encouraging adults to dance with their kids for awhile now to honor Father’s Day, happening this Sunday.

One of the most interesting parents, says Emery, is commercial fisherman Roby Howard, who was so committed and missed dancing so much when he had to sail to Alaska that he the boat and returned to dance with daughter Braylen, Emery says. Read more »

Jan.
16th

Circus Oz is coming to town: Get discounted Pantages tickets and free parking, or catch a free STAR Center preview

Look out for these three Circus Oz posters around Tacoma. Image: Slide Sideways.
Look out for these three Circus Oz posters around Tacoma. Image: Slide Sideways.

If you haven’t heard of Circus Oz, then listen up: Australia’s national circus has been doing wacky, breathtaking human circus for seven years longer than Canadian megolith Cirque du Soleil, with a uniquely Australian style of humor and live onstage music. And now they’re bringing it to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater, with shows on February 1 and 2. But if you’re on a budget there’s even better news: The Broadway Center is partnering with Tacoma design duo Slide Sideways to create a poster-discount ticket deal, and with Metro Parks to offer a totally free preview at the new STAR Center.

First the discount. Find all three one-of-a-kind Circus Oz posters, designed by Slide Sideways, which were posted around Tacoma last week. Snap a photo and share on Facebook or Twitter (make sure you tag the Broadway Center), then rock up to the box office (or call) and mention the deal to access $30 tickets. (Regular tickets start at $39.)

And now for the freebie: In collaboration with Metro Parks Tacoma, Circus Oz members will be giving a free one-hour preview of their show, with acrobatics, juggling and more, at the new STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma) next Wednesday Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Read more »