Kabby Mitchell Remembered

Remembrances welcome in the comments section below...

Photos by Martin Kane, Shauna Bittle and others

Read the Seattle Times Obituary

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This photo was taken at the end of the final performance of The Bacchae of Euripides by Wole Soyinka, a dance-heavy production presented by the program “Me and My Shadow: Performing Arts in Society” on March 15, 2008, at the Experimental Theatre. Kabby, seen here with the director Rose Jang and student stage manager Corey Crowley, choreographed and taught all the dances by mixing Ballet, modern dance, Hip Hop, and African dance style together. Contributed by Rose Jang

This photo was taken at the end of the final performance of The Bacchae of Euripides by Wole Soyinka, a dance-heavy production presented by the program “Me and My Shadow: Performing Arts in Society” on March 15, 2008, at the Experimental Theatre. Kabby, seen here with the director Rose Jang and student stage manager Corey Crowley, choreographed and taught all the dances by mixing Ballet, modern dance, Hip Hop, and African dance style together. Contributed by Rose Jang

End of the quarter dance performances for the program Dancing Molecules, Dancing Bodies on Weds., Mar. 9, 2017. The program comprises biology, chemistry, dance and health, and is team taught by Kabby Mitchell, Amy Cook, Rebecca Sunderman and John Kirkpatrick.

End of the quarter dance performances for the program Dancing Molecules, Dancing Bodies on Weds., Mar. 9, 2017. The program comprises biology, chemistry, dance and health, and is team taught by Kabby Mitchell, Amy Cook, Rebecca Sunderman and John Kirkpatrick.

"Best Smile Ever" New faculty dinner, 2000. Contributed by Sarah Pedersen

“Best Smile Ever” New faculty dinner, 2000. Contributed by Sarah Pedersen

 

Kabby Mitchell, faculty in Dance and African Studies, photographed on Weds., Oct. 29, 2014.

Kabby Mitchell, faculty in Dance and African Studies, photographed on Weds., Oct. 29, 2014.

Kabby at last year's opening of Seattle Art Museum's Kehendi Wiley exhibition. Photo by Paul Gallegos.

Kabby at last year’s opening of Seattle Art Museum’s Kehendi Wiley exhibition. Photo by Paul Gallegos.

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Faculty Kabby Mitchell poses for a selfie with an alum on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016.

Faculty Kabby Mitchell poses for a selfie with an alum on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016.

The annual Art of Giving Auction and Gala takes place at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA. on Sat., Mar. 4, 2017. Kabby Mitchell

The annual Art of Giving Auction and Gala takes place at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA. on Sat., Mar. 4, 2017. Kabby Mitchell

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Contributed by Vicky Buford

Contributed by Vicky Buford

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3 thoughts on “Kabby Mitchell Remembered

  1. Kabby was old school. A few years ago I saw him at a computer in the library, walked over and said we should teach together someday. Almost without looking up, he said, “Spring. Spring, ’15. Just send me a title and what you want to do.” We chatted, but I knew our deal was sealed.
    “Program planning” was a series of long, long chats over tea and coffee. Mostly, we shared stories. Mostly, I listened, happily. Late into one of our later sessions I suggested, hesitantly, some books we might want to think about using, perhaps, if…. “Those are fine. Yeah, we can go with those.” And then back to the stories. Kabby knew what he was good at and he trusted me to know, and do, what I was good at too.
    I can still conjure his voice from our dance workshop warm-ups: “Now, our sit ups. 5-6-7-8, ONE-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, ONE-2…” Sit ups to an eight count with a beat. Who knew?
    Smart, friendly, talented, trusting, beautiful. Dance on in peace, Kabby.

  2. I took Ballet Intensive with Professor K in Fall 2016. I’m not much of a dancer but always appreciated the art form so I figured “why not?” with no idea what I was getting into. It ended up being one of my favorite classes I ever took at Evergreen. His all-inclusive approach to dance and his mission to make the beautiful art of ballet accessible to everyone embodied everything I loved about this school. He teased us mercilessly but it was always clear that it was coming from a place of love. I looked forward to coming to ballet class every day. During the
    first class meeting after the election, when we all showed up a little despondent, Professor K helped us have a very healing and realistic class discussion before sending us off to the barre and for that I was very grateful.

    Because not even Professor K (he told us only Beyoncé gets to call him Kabby) can work miracles, I obviously didn’t become an all star ballerina in ten weeks. At my eval he laughingly asked “so what’s your REAL major? Because it doesn’t seem like it’s dance”. He was right. And then he immediately told me take his jazz intensive this summer. I’m sad I won’t have a chance to now.

    Professor K was a gift to the world and to Evergreen and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to study under him. He equipped me with a greater understanding and love for ballet which I will cherish forever. Thanks for everything, Professor K. You were a wonderful teacher and a lovely person.

  3. I remember when we were doing a faculty search for the position that became Kabby’s. A committee member mentioned his name as one of several applicants. I said, “Not THE Kabby Mitchell?!” In other words, why would we look any further? I am glad we didn’t. I never got to teach with Kabby, but we shared jokes in the hall, opinions of other dancers and companies, and general cameraderie. I can’t believe he’s not with us anymore. Rest in peace, dear friend and colleague. Keep dancing in spirit. . . .

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