Northwest Tap Connection

Northwest Tap Connection on the TEDxSeattle 2017 stage

Northwest Tap Connection inspires and teaches youth from underserved communities to comment on social issues through the physical expression of dance.

This studio focuses on social justice and race with an aim to enrich young people’s lives through dance, encouraging self-confidence, self-discipline, achievement, and goal-setting. Their performances often address racial injustice from the perspective of youth. The students’ protest dance “Hell You Talmbout”, whose YouTube video went viral in just two weeks, led to their inclusion in a new film of the same name, whose goal is to heighten awareness about black individuals killed by police. This studio continues to give youth a platform to creatively address social justice issues and produce work that fosters positive change in their communities.


Northwest Tap Connection 12:21

Dance as protest; say their names see their names feel their names

Using a combination of live performance and their viral-sensation video of the protest dance “Hell You Talmbout”, these Northwest Tap […]

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSeattle, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSeattle event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.