PHOTOS: Northwest Tap Connection Celebrates National Tap Day

story and photos by Susan Fried

Northwest Tap Connection students, staff, their families, friends, and the community didn’t let a little rain deter them from having a great time celebrating National Tap Dance Day Saturday May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection’s dance studio on Rainier Avenue.

People gathered under tents and awnings and watched as Northwest Tap students and instructors danced to live music by the Emerald Jazz Ensemble. When the weather became a problem, they brought the party in to the dance school and the audience enjoyed a performance by the Zambuko Marimba ensemble and watched the students perform. When the sun finally came out, everyone went outside and continued to dance.

After hours of rain, the sun finally came out for the block party celebrating National Tap Dance Day May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection’s studio on Rainier Avenue. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Nicholas, 4, has his face painted during a block party celebrating National Tap Dance Day at Northwest Tap Connection. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A little rain didn’t stop Northwest Tap Connection dancers from jamming to the music of the Zambuko Marimba Ensemble May 25 during National Tap Dance Day. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A Northwest Tap Connection dancer puts on her tap shoes and gets ready to perform during the National Tap Dance Day block party May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection. (Photo: Susan Fried)
It’s wasn’t just Northwest Tap Connection students that started to dance when the sun came out during a celebration of National Tap Dance Day May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection’s studio. A couple of family members couldn’t resist doing a little dancing themselves. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Harv Leonard and the Emerald Jazz Ensemble performed during a block party celebrating National Tap Dance Day May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection. (Photo: Susan Fried)
NaaSira, a member of the Zambuko Marimba Ensemble, performed during National Tap Dance Day May 25 at the studio of Northwest Tap Connection. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Ms. Melba Ayco, The Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection joins in the fun May 25, National Tap Dance Day. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Northwest Tap Dance students perform for friends, family and the community May 25, National Tap Dance Day. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Two of the tiniest Northwest Tap Connection students try out their tap shoes during a celebration of National Tap Dance Day May 25. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A member of Northwest Tap Connections’ beginner class gets ready to perform with other dancers May 25 on National Tap Dance Day at NW Tap’s studio. (Photo: Susan Fried)

Featured Image: Northwest Tap Connection students perform some classic tap routines during a celebration of National Tap Dance Day May 25 at Northwest Tap’s studio on Rainier Avenue. (Photo: Susan Fried)