// About Velocity //


“It’ll be cool to see what these dancers . . . accomplish in the coming year under the guidance and protection of Velocity, an organization that is less a dance company and more like a hotbed of creativity that nurtures and supports dancers as they explore performing art to sometimes extraordinary limits.”
— Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog

How did [Velocity] and its support of local dancers contribute to your career?
In every way possible.”

— Corrie Befort of Salt Horse, Seattle Dance Examiner

“Again and again, Velocity proves itself as both supporter and tastemaker for dance in Seattle. . .”
— SeattleDances

Mayor’s Arts Award and Genius Award winner Velocity Dance Center is Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. A recognized leader as an artist-driven, community-centered dance incubator, Velocity fosters the creative explorations of artists and adventurous audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange. Velocity fulfills an unduplicated role as the epicenter for contemporary dance in the Pacific Northwest operating three studios, a dance resource room, an online journal and the only theater in the region especially developed for dance performances. The primary art center supporting contemporary dance in Seattle since 1996, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. In 2013 alone, Velocity served more than 21,000 individuals; offered 2,000+ dance classes; provided low cost studio and performance space to over 450 artists; activated a growing audience of thousands of dance enthusiasts; commissioned and developed 52 new works, and introduced more than 150 works of performance, film, installation and hybrid forms into the local and national dance ecology.

Home to hundreds of independent dance artists, Velocity is renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work. Since its inception, Velocity has presented performances and workshops by contemporary art stars Miguel Gutierrez, Tere O’Connor, Deborah Hay, Anouk van Dijk, Victoria Marks, Reggie Watts, Faye Driscoll, and leading Seattle dancemakers zoe | juniper, Pat Graney, 33 Fainting Spells, Amy O’Neal, KT Niehoff, Donald Byrd, Kate Wallich + The YC, Andrew Bartee, Catherine Cabeen, Mark Haim, Wade Madsen and many more. Velocity is Seattle’s only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work and disciplined practice coexist.

PODCAST Seattle’s Tonya Lockyer Creates Community Through Dance
13 for ’13 Series, The Seattle Times + KUOW, July 7, 2013

Tonya Lockyer: ‘power personality’ turns Velocity around
13 for ’13 Series, The Seattle Times + KUOW, July 7, 2013


  • Individuals served: Over 21,260 dance enthusiasts
  • Students served: 18,052
  • New works commissioned: 52
  • New works presented: 150
  • Annual world-class festivals: 3
  • Sold out Velocity-produced performances: 39
  • Movement classes per week: 40
  • Movement classes offered a year: 2,000+
  • Teaching Artists: 131
  • Master Classes by acclaimed artists from Paris, Brussels, Montreal, Israel, South Africa, NYC + San Francisco: 28
  • Companies presenting in Founders Theater through the Access Velocity program: 34
  • Average ticket price: $13
  • Free tickets: 331
  • Scholarships awarded: 46
  • Free hours of Rehearsal Space awarded to artists: 1,213
  • Average rehearsal hours booked each month: 270+
  • Creative Residencies offered to artists: 21
  • Free Humanities Events + Community Forums: 36
  • Velocity’s volunteers: 290+
  • Velocity Arts Administrative Interns: 21
  • Community Partners: 20
  • Burn Blue Weekly Social Dances: 46
  • Contact Improvisation Jams: 58
  • Direct and in-kind support provided to artists: $197,815

 Velocity is a 2012 graduate of Springboard, a capacity building program for arts and cultural organizations offered by 501 Commons.


Download Velocity Goals and Strategies 2012-2014 

Download Velocity 2011 Annual Report

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