Kabby Mitchell III

Contemporary ballet, Modern, Choreography

Kabby was a choreographer, educator and performer whose signature choreography had been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He had danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dance Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Kabby had been a dance instructor for more than 20 years, having taught ballet, modern, jazz and Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa and Mexico. In Seattle, he had worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington and Ewajo Dance Workshop. He was on the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

His local choreography credits include work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Rep, Bathhouse Theatre, ACT and Civic Light Opera. His credits include Sankofa theatre’s A 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 was 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 ColorsNW 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.

He was a teacher and performer with the Tacoma City Ballet.