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Tapping for Justice

While working for the Seattle Police Department, Melba Mitchell-Ayco wanted a way to give back to the city’s youth and close the gap for underserved communities. She founded Northwest Tap Connection, a dance studio in Seattle dedicated to teaching students about issues of race and social justice, all the while dancing at a high level. Through tap dancing, Ayco aims to give young people a safe space for artistic expression while raising awareness for social issues.