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About Us

Female dancers posed in matching costumes

Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio's philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.


Pamela Yasutake, Instructor

At Northwest Tap Connection, rhythm tap is the dance form at our heart.  At the same time, we regularly incorporate a variety of dance styles such as African, jazz, modern, ballet, swing, ballroom, and hip-hop into our curriculum and performances.  


Northwest Tap Connection is dedicated to building the whole dancer through a love of dance, personal discipline, respect for the community, respect for fellow dancers, and knowledge of the history of the art form. We provide an environment where dancers can grow artistically and technically, and at the same time can develop leadership skills and social responsibility.


Our intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to participate in an annual tap festival to broaden awareness of tap, improve skills, build self-esteem, and connect with the larger dance community. Recent travel has included Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.


Some of our senior students have danced with tap legends such as the late Gregory Hines, the late Nicholas Brothers, the late Buster Brown, Savion Glover, Jeni LeGon and Jimmy Slyde. Their repertoire includes choreography by nationally acclaimed artists such as Diane Walker, Lane Alexander and Chester Whitmore.

Pictured here is Pamela Yasutake, instructor and New Horizons company leader. She is a nationally-recognized performer, choreographer, and dancer with the Syncopated Ladies. We are honored and grateful that she is an integral part of the Northwest Tap Connection family. 

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