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Kabby Mitchell, RIP

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PNB announced on Facebook that former PNB soloist and PNBS teacher Kabby Mitchell has died:

 

 

I just met him earlier this year, and he spoke about some wonderful plans.

 

RIP, Mr. Mitchell.

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This is making me so very sad.  Kabby Mitchell was a wonderful performer, and an incredible asset to the company back when they were still working to establish their credentials in the city.  The photo above is just one example of his ebullient quality, but he could also be stern, sexy, and transcendent.  After he left the company, he was part of multiple projects in the Northwest and elsewhere, including a new performing arts school in Tacoma, Washington -- it is sometimes a cliche to say that the dead will be missed, but in this case it is very painfully true.

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In the "Beyond Ballet" discussion hosted at PNB this past Wednesday, the panelists spoke about how important it was to see someone who looked like them at the front of the classroom.  

 

Mitchell's death is a huge blow to the new school and to the community.

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The Seattle Times published an obituary:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/kabby-mitchell-iii-first-black-dancer-with-pacific-northwest-ballet-dies/

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Mr. Mitchell is survived by his sister Patricia Corbert and her family, and by the many friends and students whose lives he touched. His life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 2 p.m. July 9 at Seattle’s Paramount Theater; it will be a weekend of celebrating his legacy, with the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center planned to open July 8. Donations in Mr. Mitchell’s memory, the family suggests, can help continue his planned work at TUPAC; tacomaupac.org.

 

Among an outpouring of affection for Mr. Mitchell on Facebook this week, one friend wrote, “We will think of you dancing in the stars.”

 

 

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Someone who's work and vast contributions will last forever. Rest in Peace. 

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