Black History Month: Northwest Tap Connection

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Black History Month: Northwest Tap Connection
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Black History Month: Northwest Tap Connection says
EMP and Northwest Tap Connection celebrate Black History Month with this special performance.

Enjoy an evening of captivating choreographed dance from Northwest Tap Connection youth performers led by Shakiah Danielson. A discussion following the performance will articulate the transformative power of dance in urban communities, led by Melba Ayco, Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection and Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater.

Donald Byrd, the “enfant terrible” of the New York dance scene of the ’80s and ’90s, achieved international visibility for the creation of the The Harlem Nutcracker. Byrd is a Bessie Award winner for The Minstrel Show and was nominated for a Tony Award for his choreography for the Broadway production of The Color Purple. Byrd’s body of work is varied and impressive, spanning more than four decades, pushing the boundaries of movement and message. The work may be purely an aesthetic experience or it may wrap itself around a compelling civic issue, encouraging communities to examine the ideas and attitudes that they may impact.

Shakiah Danielson is a self-taught hip-hop instructor/choreographer and is currently the Artistic Director of the hip-hop program at Northwest Tap Connection. She started choreographing/teaching a little over 13 years ago for theater productions put on by Restoration of the Arts (ROTA), a non-profit artistic organization focused on utilizing the arts to reach at-risk youth. She’s had the honor of traveling from Mexico to Canada to teach dance workshops, and has taught at a variety of dance studios in the Pacific Northwest from Woodinville to Portland. She takes an unbridled, bold, passionate approach to hip-hop coupled with an eclectic blend of music. With a track record of creating powerful choreography for youth with Northwest Tap, her productions are not to be missed.

Friday, February 12
EMP Museum
Sky Church

Ticket info:
$10 ($8 EMP members)
All ages
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By: EMP Museum