Seattle’s home for Dance

Velocity is Seattle’s center dedicated to contemporary dance, and an essential incubator for new dance in our region. With artist-driven, community-responsive programming, Velocity provides vital resources and advocacy for one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity’s programming includes classes, workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and two annual international festivals. 

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–Velocity is Seattle’s award-winning, premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance, fulfilling an un-duplicated role as the essential incubator and forward-thinking laboratory for new dance in the Pacific Northwest. A “national nexus for dance,” Velocity is recognized as a leader in artist, audience, and dance development. With artist-driven, community-centered artistic and education programs, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity is a portal for those new to dance and a catalytic community resource with artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, an annual international dance festival, year-round artist residency programs, celebrated humanities programs that activate cross-disciplinary dialogue, as well as weekly community events from social dances to family-style dinners.

“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 taste maker for dance in Seattle.” SeattleDances

A leading national incubator for new dance since its founding, Velocity has presented the ideas of hundreds of experimentalists, some of whom—Tere O’Connor, Reggie Watts, Miguel Guitierrez, Zoe Scofield, Anouk van Dijk, Morgan Thorsen, Danielle Agami/Ate9, Amy O’Neal, Keith Hennessey—are now established names in contemporary dance and performance. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity has also hosted intensives, performances, and premieres by contemporary performance stars including Ralph Lemon, Pat Graney, John Jasperse, Faye Driscoll, Jennifer Monson, Ismael Houston-Jones, Deborah Hay, zoe|scofield, KT Niehoff, Dayna Hanson, Kate Wallich, and many more.

Velocity is Seattle’s only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work and disciplined practice coexist. Our mission is to advance contemporary dance by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange.

Mission and Vision

Velocity’s vision is to be a national leader as an artist-driven, community-centered dance incubator where Velocity’s partnerships of education, artist support, advocacy and performance foster dance literacy and the artistic vitality of our community. Velocity envisions a city where contemporary dance is a regular part of civic and cultural dialogue, and a nation where dance artists are valued for their singular contribution to culture and society.

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Since May 1996, Velocity has advanced contemporary dance and movement-based art in the PNW. With classes every day, performances almost every week and twelve ongoing artist development programs, Velocity embodies the cornerstone of Seattle’s dance ecosystem…Read more

To be a national leader as an artist-driven, community-centered dance incubator where Velocity’s partnerships of education, artist support, advocacy and performance foster dance literacy and the artistic vitality of our community. Velocity envisions a city where contemporary dance is a regular part of civic and cultural dialogue, and a nation where dance artists are valued for their singular contribution to culture and society.

Staff & Board


General Inquiries at info@velocitydancecenter.org

Executive Director
Catherine Nueva España – executivedirector@velocitydancecenter.org

Artistic Director
Erin Johnson — erin@velocitydancecenter.org

Development Director
Colleen Borst — colleen@velocitydancecenter.org

Communications Manager
Vladimir Kremenović — communications@velocitydancecenter.org

Office & Operations Manager
Shirley Wong — operations@velocitydancecenter.org

Technical Director
Jessica Jones — jessica@velocitydancecenter.org


Executive Intern

Administrative & Front Desk Interns

Communications Intern

Development Intern

Programming Intern

SH*T GOLD Facilitators
Ben Goosman + Frances Wolfe — gold@velocitydancecenter.org



Michele Miller and KT Niehoff


Velocity’s Board of Directors is composed of artists and arts advocates who combine a passion for dance and the arts in our region with exceptional leadership skills. Listed below are Velocity’s current board members.

Elizabeth Bello, President
Cameron Irwin, Secretary
Kaya David
Negarra A. Kudumu
David Randin

Advisory Board

Byron Au Yong – Assoc. Professor, University of San Francisco; Composer; Educator; Arts Activist
Betsey Brock – Executive Director, On the Boards
Mark Haim – Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher
Jack Hilovsky – Placemaking, Fund Development, Theater / Strategic Planning Task Force
Neve Mazique-Bianco – Access-centered choreographer
Jen Salk – Chair, University of Washington Dance Department
Kevin Smythe – Accountant, Acucela / Finance Committee
Robert Stumberger –Technology Consultant, 501c Commons
Josh Windsor – Windsor Consulting

Our partners

We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of government, corporate, and private foundations, as well as our institutional partners, including but not limited to the following. Because of their commitment to arts and culture, Velocity can advance contemporary dance and movement-based art, and foster the creative explorations of artists and audiences.

Velocity also gratefully acknowledges the generous support from individuals, without whom our programming would not be possible.


New Dance Initiative Underwriter, Sponsor or Supporter
*Friend of Velocity (Monthly donors)

Case vanRij*
The Glenn H Kawasaki Foundation
Jeffrey and Kelley Johnson
NEA Art Works
Norcliffe Foundation
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Pruzan Foundation
The Young Foundation
John Robinson + Maya Sonenberg
Jeremy Steward + Eric Hartmann*

Our supporters

Melissa Feldman + Daniel Greenstein
Dylan Johnson + Mackenzie Aine Johnson
Sean McNee + Andrea Hatzler*
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
The Washington State Arts Commission
The Western States Arts Federation

Community Partners

5th Ave Theater
10 Degrees
12th Ave Arts
A Contemporary Theater
Blanket Fort Films
Broadway Performance Hall
Capitol Hill Arts District
Century Ballroom
Columbia Bank
Coriolis Dance
Cornish College of the Arts
The Cloud Room
Daily Dozen Doughnut Co.
The Derschang Group
Delfinger’s Delicatessen
Eltana Bagels
Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Fremont Abbey
Glazer’s Camera
Henry Art Gallery
Hot House Spa & Sauna
Intiman Theater
Jack Straw
Jim Coleman Photography
Juicebox Cafe
The Derschang Group
Northwest Film Forum
Oddfellows Restaurant
Odin Brewery
Oola Distillery
On The Boards
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Path with Art
PCC Community Markets
Photon Factory
Pure Barre
Rain City Fit
Sea Creatures
Spectrum Dance Theater
Studio Kate Wallich
STG Seattle Theater Group
TCC Printing
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Uptown Coffee
Veggie Grill
W Dance Program / University of Washington
Whim W’him



Velocity is does not have any positions open at this time.


Velocity is dedicated to mentoring and supporting the next generation of art administrators. Velocity offers internships in Development, Programming, Office Administration, Communications, Design, Tech, Video and Social Media. Internships at Velocity are unpaid at 10-15 hours per week. Interns are entitled to unlimited class at the rate of $5/class, discounted rehearsal space at Velocity, and more.

Administrative Intern
Interested? Email a letter of interest to Shirley Wong, Operations Manager @ operations@velocitydancecenter.org


Velocity’s Work/Study Scholarship program provides financial aid to dedicated students with opportunities to take class no matter what their financial means. Our program requires 4-5 hours a week, and consists of cleaning our facilities. We ask that all work study applicants commit to the program for at least 3 months. This is not a volunteer position and Work-Study applicants must be able to demonstrate respect, reliability and accountability. In exchange, Work/Study Scholarship students receive discounted dance training and study space.

General Work/Study Scholarship Program (Ongoing)
Click here to download the work/study application. You may email, snail mail or drop off your completed application at the Velocity Dance Center office. Feel free to contact us at info@velocitydancecenter.org for more information.


Interested in teaching at Velocity? All ongoing classes, Workshops, Master Classes, and other discussions and events that happen at Velocity are curated seasonally by our Artistic Director, Erin Johnson.

Because of the volume of requests we receive, we greatly appreciate you filling in the following form to notify us of your interest.



There so many ways to engage with Velocity, from taking classes and seeing performances, to attending Speakeasy events and volunteering. We invite you to get involved in any way you can!

  • Volunteer at the next performance. Admission is free! Contact operations@velocitydancecenter.org for more info. 
  • Follow us on facebooktwitteror instagram.
  • Sign up for our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and other email communications.
  • Velocity provides support for artists through a number of programs. Check out our current open applications.
  • Volunteer to help in the office or at a performance. Write to Shirley at operations@velocitydancecenter.org if you’re interested!
  • Join our Board of Directors or become a member of a committee.
  • Inform us of funding opportunities. Know of a foundation, government grant or corporation that might be interested in investing in our mission? Let us know.
  • Tell a friend why Velocity is such a vital part of the local—and national—arts community.

Thank you!

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