If you could sum up 2020 with a dance, what would it be? An amazing selection of artists and cultural groups shares their answers to the question of our times at “Reflections”, a virtual dance festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. This online event celebrates Indigenous and Black performing arts and culture. The backdrop of “Reflections” is also the unveiling of the waterfront's stunningly rebuilt Pier 62. The featured emerging artists and cultural practitioners dance metaphorically using the waters of memory, the pier, and the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as their backdrops. We ask our audience to share “what the water holds” for them, too, over social media and during the streamed program.

The Library has teamed up with Friends of Waterfront Seattle, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, and Seattle Art Museum to create this unique virtual dance festival that focuses on Native American and African American art and cultural preservation via dance. You are encouraged RSVP at the Reflections Dance Festival Facebook event page (the program is free and open to everyone).

"Reflections" will feature the following performers:

  • Cipher Goings: 19-year-old tap dance sensation featuring local R&B singer Talaya
  • Kimisha Turner: multi-disciplinary artist whose “I AM” is a project celebrating Black women and is shared with support from Seattle Art Museum
  • The Muckleshoot Canoe Family: This Coast Salish tribe honors their ancestry with songs for the Salish Sea
  • Mackenzie Neusiok (Coharie): Moves fluidly through contemporary jazz choreography and a tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women
  • Nia-Amina Minor: Dancer/choreographer shares a meditation on the African Diaspora with vocals by Eva Walker of The Black Tones


  • Muckleshoot Canoe Family
  • yəhaw̓
  • Indigenize Productions
  • Spectrum Dance Theater
  • Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
  • Wa Na Wari
  • Seattle Center Festál
  • Seattle Center
  • Northwest Folklife
  • The Union

Reflections is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer art that is accessible to all.

On Oct. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that public libraries may allow some indoor service at 25 percent capacity in Phase 2 of his Safe Start reopening plan. The Seattle Public Library is assessing the new reopening requirements with current planning efforts to expand services. The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. More details will be announced soon at the Library’s Road to Reopening page.

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. You can find out more on our digital resources page or by contacting the Library by phone at 206-386-4636. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.