DASH Center for the Arts Closing its Doors

For more than a decade now the DASH Center has brought opportunities for artistic expression to the Hilltop community, particularly to its youth. This week we were sad to read that the arts center would be closing its doors.

Originally formed in 2003, the DASH Center moved into a building on MLK, a location it called home for seven years. Last winter the DASH Center moved from its Hilltop location to a new temporary home in the old Post Office at 11th and A Street downtown. Now DASH Founder and Director Candi Hall has made what she describes as the "very hard decision" to close the physical location of the Center. The good news is that the DASH Center plans to continue to operate as a nonprofit, providing scholarships to Tacoma youth, and partnering with Metropolitan Ballet to offer formal dance training. The Reality Check Dance Team and DASH Recording Studios will continue to operate in other capacities as well.

Over the last 12 years the DASH Center can claim more than a 1,000 youth as students in a variety of dance and other classes and opportunities. Hopefully there are enough other programs out there providing artistic outlets to fill the need for Tacoma's youth. Do you have a favorite?

Catch the DASH Center finale performance this Saturday, June 21. For more on the changes, read the full letter from DASH Center Director Candi Hall.

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