Velocity is Seattle's premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Everyday we: Support and advance artists and emerging ideas through commissioning, presenting, residencies, creative exchange and access to space, funding, scholarships, employment and touring opportunities. Provide quality movement education to dancers from beginners to professional, in a broad range of movement styles. Produce programs that introduce audiences to a wide spectrum of contemporary dance practices and aesthetics and bring together regional talent and world class innovators. Provide outreach and humanities programs that engage minds and inspire participation, while promoting cross-disciplinary dialog and meaningful links between artists and the community.
Catherine Nueva Espana
1621 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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Studio/Theater Operation and On-Going Classes: Velocity provides a wide variety of drop-in classes, dance series, masterclasses, and workshops, both for the professional dance community and the general public. In 2018, Velocity provided 76 masterclasses and workshops, 35 ongoing drop-in classes, 5 Intro Series classes, which provided high-quality dance instruction for 6,500 community members and dancers. Velocity also provides a performance platform for emerging and established dance artists, largely from Seattle; in 2018 we produced 39 shows, serving over 3,000 audience members.
Summer Festivals - Velocitys Summer Festivals (Strictly Seattle and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation) are yearly festivals which attract participants from all over the United States. The first is a three-week dance intensive led by Seattle teachers, which includes rehearsals, development workshops, and a public performance. SFDI is the leading national convening for dance, comprising of a week-long intensive of workshops and performance. In 2018, the summer festivals included 26 events, which attracted 2,000 participants.
Made in Seattle: Made in Seattle is an incubator program which provides development, production, and professional career support to artists through a year-long residency that includes 180 hours of free rehearsal space, a commissioning fee, administrative support, and professional development support. 2018s MIS artist was Kim Lusk, whose show was seen by 500 audience members.
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