Hip Hop dance group The Groovement is truly shaking things up! Under the artistic instruction of self-taught hip-hop instructor/choreographer Shakiah Danielson, the hip hop program based at Northwest Tap Connection is growing. Their mission is to train, inspire, and nurture young dancers towards artistic excellence, to perform works by emerging and master choreographers, and to bring the art of dance to multi-cultural and generational audiences through dance instruction, innovative community partnerships, and participation in local festivals, cultural events, and arts in education program.
For booking and details visit us online or email Shakiah Danielson directly.
More than 14 years ago, after receiving Christ in his life, Emman Doctolero (known as DJ em-D) continued to listen to music with the likes of DMX, Jay-Z, and WU-Tang Clan. It was when he listened to Cross Movement and Da T.R.U.T.H. (both CHH artists) that’s when DJ em-D said goodbye to secular music. “I’ve always loved the elements of Hip-Hop, in high school I was part of a dance group called CREAM.” For several years of being part of an Internet CHH radio station—Saving Lost Souls Radio; his dream of Dj’ing finally started to come into play. He built a friendship with Genuine Life; a well-known group based out of Seattle, WA and started DJ’ing for them as well as other NorthWest CHH artists. His first big venue was performing at the annual 4th of July Freedom Fair located in Tacoma, WA, an event that has been going on for over 30 years. He was also part of an opening performance for Tye Tribett along with Eva Sabiano.
For the last 2 years DJ em-D has helped put together a concert for DESNA Cup soccer tournament-located in Federal Way, WA. By word of mouth he was referred to the producers of Creation Festival; a concert series that travels coast to coast every year with artist like Toby Mac, Natalie Grant, and Lecrae. He was the DJ for artist NF, Spencer Kane, and Abigail Duhon. DJ em-D has a passion for music and his mission is to help people to know that there is an alternative to music because he believes that words are very powerful and wants this generation, and the next to be more aware of the choices of music they choose to listen to.
Seattle native, VellVett, with over 20 years writing & performance experience, is proving his passion for community by delivering contagious energy and quality points in every track! As a God-fearing man VellVett is standing up in the world of hip-hop giving propitious and engaging lyrics on hot tracks with a seamless delivery attracting young and mature audiences.
VellVett has opened for secular and Christian artists such as; Dru Down, Lost Boys, Marques Houston, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tedashii, R Swift, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Kim Burrell, and more to his credits. His collaborative smash hit “Better Seahawks Anthem” took local and national media by storm! Having been featured on ESPN, Sunday Night Football, ABC, Local Media, and Fox Sports, with images in FedEx and guest appearance in a Zulily commercial. This artist is definitely is here to stay!
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Imani Fellowship Choir
The Imani Fellowship Choir, founded in 1996, is the resident choir of The Townsend School of Music & Arts (TSMA). The school was founded in 2013 by the choir’s founder and director, Sam Townsend Jr., to provide specialized training in gospel music ministry, leadership, and performance, with a focus on teaching “church choirs” how to strive for excellence. The Imani Fellowship Choir, based in Seattle Washington, is comprised of singers and musicians from varies churches, and some members are graduates of TSMA. Townsend and his choir have received numerous awards and recognitions for their commitment to social justice, underserved inner-city youth and families, as well as other community outreach and mission efforts. Their theatrical stage appearances include The Lion King and Colors of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton and Oleta Adams, both at the Paramount Theater, performing with Michael Buble at Seattle Symphony McCaw Hall, and performing in Black Nativity at the Moore Theater with Grammy Award winner BeBe Winans. They have also shared stages with a host of gospel legends including Karen Clark-Sheard, Kim Burrell, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, the late Minister O’Landa Draper, Ted & Sheri, Evangelist Beverly Crawford, Vanessa Bell-In 2010, Sam Townsend and the Imani Fellowship Choir participated in the CNN Choir Project. In Black in America’s third year, CNN focused on the church. To honor the rich tradition of spiritual and gospel music, CNN invited choirs around the world of all denominations to sing as one.
In 2012, Comcast Music Partnership along with Sony Music Entertainment announced the national release of Sam Townsend & Imani "Do It Again". With this release and their travels, their message of hope and love has spread throughout United States, London, Canada, and Nairobi Kenya. Sam Townsend and the Imani Fellowship Choir continue to be herald as trailblazers and key components of the Pacific Northwest's Contemporary Gospel Music scene.