Friday evening, EMP Museum hosts a dance exhibition and discussion about the power of dance in urban communities, featuring the students of Northwest Tap Connection.

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Northwest Tap Connection practices in Rainier Valley for Friday evening’s dance exhibition and discussion about the power of dance in urban communities, at EMP Museum. The all-ages show will feature Northwest Tap Connection youth dancers led by instructor Shakiah Danielson, as well as a discussion with Northwest Tap Connection artistic director Melba Ayco and Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd.

“People need to come and see and hear from actual black youth,” said Danielson. “They don’t need to see someone else’s assessment of them. They need to hear from them directly. … It’s an opportunity to witness an answer being developed for the community from the community. Northwest Tap Connection is a gem.”

Alexander Jackson, an instructor at Northwest Tap Connection, practices with students in Rainier Valley for Friday evening’s dance exhibition and discussion about the power of dance in urban communities, at EMP Museum. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Alexander Jackson, an instructor at Northwest Tap Connection, practices with students in Rainier Valley for Friday evening’s dance exhibition and discussion about the power of dance in urban communities, at EMP Museum. The all-ages show will feature Northwest Tap Connection youth dancers led by instructor Shakiah Danielson, as well as a discussion with Northwest Tap Connection artistic director Melba Ayco and Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd. “People need to come and see and hear from actual black youth,” said Danielson. “They don’t need to see someone else’s assessment of them. They need to hear from them directly. … It’s an opportunity to witness an answer being developed for the community from the community. Northwest Tap Connection is a gem.” The show is part of the museum’s Black History Month programming, which will include performances by Seattle hip-hop artist Draze, singer Kimberly Nichole of “The Voice” and an ’80s karaoke night. Tickets to Friday’s 7-9 p.m. show are for $10 for the public, $8 for EMP members. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

The show is part of the museum’s Black History Month programming, which will include performances by Seattle hip-hop artist Draze, singer Kimberly Nichole of “The Voice” and an ’80s karaoke night.

Tickets to Friday’s 7-9 p.m. show are for $10 for the public, $8 for EMP members.