Artist Programs

Velocity is an artist-led organization providing a responsive framework to support, fuel and sustain dance artists in their ongoing development as professionals. We provide generous residency, performance and artist development opportunities; and collaborative creative production.

Made in Seattle 2021

Now Accepting: Inquiries for our Made in Seattle Program 2021.

If you are interested in being considered for Made in Seattle 2021, please write a letter of interest to Velocity Artistic Director Erin Johnson at

Featured Artist PROGRAM:

 #SCORENTINE is Velocity’s light-hearted platform for creative exchange in times of quarantine. It is a way for us to amplify the ingenuity of some of our beloved artists, and to provide a virtual space for our community to make, share, and find comfort in movement exploration during our necessary physical distancing. Read full description.

Featured Artist:

DANI TIRRELL (Velocity 2020 Artist-In-Residence) is a Black, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming movement-based artist. Dani uses his/her name as his/her pronouns.  The focus of Dani’s work...Read full artist bio

Access Velocity

Access Velocity

Self-produce in Velocity’s Founder’s Theater

When you rent to perform at Velocity you are automatically a part of our Access Velocity program. Access Velocity means just that: You will have access to rent Velocity studios and spaces complete with a full lighting grid, tech support, and house management. Access Velocity supports independently produced performances by Seattle artists in Velocity’s flexible Founders Theater. We offer three affordable rental packages that respond to artists’ different performance needs and offer theater rental support systems that reflect the highest national standards.

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Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

A full-year residency program accomplished local artists offering resources for research, production, and professional development.

The AIR program serves the needs of accomplished professional dance and movement-based artists or collaborative teams engaged in the process of research/creation by providing free space and time for work, reflection, and community interaction. In 2012, Velocity expanded its Residency program to include annual Creative Residents. 

As of September 2019, Velocity is not accepting letters of inquiry for Artist-In-Residence. We are in the process of reimagining the selection process for our AIR program, and will be sharing the new processes with the community in 2020.

The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project

A super-dense dense residency great for emerging artists in Seattle, the Bridge Project provides 45 hours of rehearsal time in 3-weeks, culminating in a fully Velocity-produced performance.

The Bridge Project from Velocity Dance Center on Vimeo.

“The Bridge Project is one of Velocity’s great gifts to the city.” The Stranger  

“The Bridge Project allowed me the simplest and most effective of resources; time to develop and converse with others.” Dylan Ward, 2015 Bridge Project Artist

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s four-week program for movement-based artists who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. This intensive residency offers four artists up to 45 hours of free rehearsal space for a new project while working with a cast of auditioned dancers. Additionally, all artists receive the creative, financial, and administrative support of a fully produced weekend of performances at Velocity. In programming The Bridge Project, Velocity aims to enhance the artistic growth of the choreographers, and provide an entry point into the local performance scene for dance artists new to the community.

The Bridge Project simultaneously offers dancers an opportunity to bridge studio work and performance while establishing relationships with a choreographer and other dance artists. Velocity’s Artist in Residence will be a choreographic advisor to all Bridge Project choreographers during the process. 

Four choreographers receive:

Fully produced weekend of performances in Velocity’s Founders Theater

Four weeks of rehearsal space at Velocity or the University of Washington (graduates only)

Costume stipend

Velocity-produced audition for your cast. Choreographers must be available at this time to teach material and select a cast and stay afterward to discuss casting.

2019 Alumni


Vladimir Kremenović

Beth Terwilleger

2018 Alumni

Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar

Allison Burke

Timothy Johnson

Hope Goldman

Leslie Kraus

Michael “Majinn” O’Neal

Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham


Guest Artist Series

Guest Artist Series

Velocity’s Guest Artist Series connects the Seattle community with artists from around the world through offering residencies to national/international dance artists. 


Velocity’s Guest Artist Series provides the Seattle community with residency activities from national/international dance artists including technique classes, workshops, and performances.

Velocity strives to give Seattle’s dance community opportunities to train with outstanding local and national artists through its Guest Artist Series. The Guest Artist Series presents internationally renowned artists in contemporary dance and related studies, offering classes, lectures, performances and/or workshops with these artists. This program helps to ensure that Seattle’s relative geographic isolation does not result in a lack of exposure, and helps Seattle to stay abreast of current technical and artistic standards.

Velocity has hosted classes and/or workshops with such nationally and internationally recognized artists as: Tere O’Connor, Pat Graney, John Jasperse, Keith Hennessy, Danielle Agami/Ate9, Daniel Linehan, Miguel Gutierrez, Amy O’Neal, Mark Haim, Jesse Zaritt, Anouk van Dijk, Reggie Watts, Faye Driscoll, zoe/juniper, Dayna Hanson, Deborah Hay, KT Niehoff, Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, and many more.

Made in Seattle

Made in Seattle

Made in Seattle provides multi-dimensional direct support to artists over a period of a year or more, with particular focus on the critical development phase of new work.

“Velocity and Made in Seattle saved my creative life.” Amy O’Neal

Made in Seattle provides multi-dimensional direct support to artists over a period of a year or more, with particular focus on the critical development phase of new work. The Made in Seattle new dance development program is dedicated to growing the Northwest’s creative community by commissioning, producing and presenting evening-length dance works by some of the most talented and experimental artists from our region. Artists meet regularly with Velocity’s Artistic and Executive Directors to focus on career strategy and their larger artistic goals.

Made in Seattle is particularly interested in helping mid-career artists. This program fosters excellence in the Seattle dance scene by supporting extended collaborative projects that bring together Seattle artists and inter/national leaders in the field. In just three years, the program has launched careers, helped start nationally celebrated dance companies, facilitated an artist’s transition from stage performer to a career focused on art and social justice, while also commissioning and presenting consistently sold-out, critically acclaimed productions. Made in Seattle artists also receive pivotal resources: financial support, a commissioning fee, free rehearsal space, a production residency, a fully produced performance, dramaturgical support, as well as professional development through artistic, administrative, and philanthropic support.

Made in Seattle has a remarkable record of developing transformative projects, that have helped propel Seattle artists onto the national stage. In 2015, when Dance Magazine named the “25 Dance Artists to Watch” internationally, three of the 25 artists were Made in Seattle Alum.

2019 Made in Seattle Artists: Ella Mahler & Mark Haim

On-Image Text: Ella Mahler Here

On-Image Text: Mark Haim Parts to a Sum

Dance + Social Action

Made in Seattle: KT Niehoff

Velocity is committed to dance as social action. Velocity’s Artistic Director has developed programs like our Speakeasy Series to help artists make meaningful links to their communities and/or relate their research to timely civic issues. Through the Made in Seattle program, they’ve worked one-on-one with artists to help them contextualize their work within socio-political, philosophical, and cultural contexts. We aim to make Made in Seattle projects relevant, multi-faceted, cultural moments for our city.

Our advocacy for Made in Seattle projects continues after their presentation through Velocity Audience Labs, our online journal STANCE, the PNW Dance Platform, and other programs that help continue to connect MIS performances to new audiences.

SH*T Gold

SH*T Gold

Seattle’s #1 Multi-disciplinary Open Mic
1ST + 3RD MONDAYS / 8PM @ Velocity

For artists experimenting in any genre. For those unafraid to fail. Low stress. High focus. Join the SH*T GOLD Facebook Group to view upcoming events and connect with fellow artists.

Come + Show: A sketch, a task, a situation, a work in-the-works. You have five minutes or less to take a risk.
Sign Up: Arrive at 7:30 PM to sign up.
Food: Bring something to share if you’d like.
Booze: Available at the bar.

SH*T GOLD is Velocity’s Open Mic Night, for artists experimenting in any genre; for those unafraid to fail. SH*T GOLD was developed by Velocity in the spirit of community co-creation.

SH*T GOLD: The Deep End

It’s a SH*T GOLD marathon! Bi-annually, we open up the floor for long-form performance events up to 20 minutes in length. Like at any SH*T GOLD, your performance may be at any point in its development and in any live medium. We encourage raw works-in-progress, presented in the spirit of experimentation and risk. Dive into The Deep End as a resource for your creative development. You might take the time to:

  • Show a five-minute work. Show a 10-minute work. Show an 11-minute work. Present that epic 20-minute thing you’ve been working on.
  • Build an installation for 10 minutes, lead the audience through it for two minutes, and tear it down and load it out for eight minutes.
  • Stage a 12-minute scene and follow it with an eight-minute Q&A or work-shopping session.
  • Start a community discussion about performance.
  • Slip 20 one-minute performances throughout the day’s other performances.

You also don’t have to take anywhere near 20 minutes. Your use of time is your prerogative and limited only by your imagination—We only ask that your work do no lasting harm to yourself, others, or the space.

Please note that while you may bring in any number of technical components, this is a low-tech to no-tech showcase with Velocity providing one standard lighting set-up and access to a sound system. You get through set-up and tear-down within your 20 minute time slot.

Developed by Velocity in the spirit of community co-creation. 

Velocity Co-Productions

Velocity Co-Productions

Co-produce a brand new work with Velocity!

The next step up from our Access Velocity Program, co-productions are your chance to

Next Fest

Next Fest

An annual performance series celebrating new dance and movement-based work in the Northwest!

Next Fest NW is our new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the region. Next Fest NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next Fest NW, we aim to foster a robust community where artists have access to facilities, support, and creative exchange. Proposals for installations, performances, live art and other formats welcome.

Each Next Fest NW presents four to seven artists or collaborative teams, selected through a curated application process, for three public performances. Next Fest NW artists are fully produced at Velocity; receive an artist fee and up to 20 hours of free studio time; and benefit from artistic, promotional, and technical support.

One On Ones

One On Ones

A new mentorship/residency program for performers, in partnership with Creative Producer Emma Lawes. 

Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2020, 12pm PST.

One on Ones is a mentorship + residency program that pairs Seattle movement artists with local luminaries, hosted and co-produced with Velocity Dance Center.

One on Ones is geared towards movement performers, aiming to create an intimate space of mentorship for dance artists interested in deepening and fine tuning their personal practice. Many spaces provide an opportunity for constructive feedback aimed at the emerging maker, which give tools to young choreographers to present clear, thoughtful, engaging works to the world around them. Performers, who help these works come alive, are at times seen as “parts of a whole,” as disposable materials. One on Ones shifts the focus back to the mover, sheds the weight of performing someone else’s ideas, and brings agency back to the dancer to research their own inclinations. This project aims to support professional performers by providing a space where they can workshop, discuss, criticize, rearrange, and navigate their own interests and questions within movement practice and performance. (It is important to note that while One on Ones was created to address a common need in the dance community, applications are not limited to those who identify as dance-based artists. Applicants from all mediums are welcome, so long as the moving body is an integral part of their proposed research.)

Selected residents will be granted ten hours of rehearsal space with a personal mentor- an experienced performing artist based in the Seattle area. Residents will apply to work with a participating mentor who will assist and guide them in their research. Following the research period, each resident and their mentor will present their findings in an informal showing at Velocity Dance Center, open to the public. In the week following the showings, each team will facilitate a 2-hour master class, in which they engage with the broader community to articulate their findings with other bodies.

All pairings will reflect common values of reciprocal investigation, growth, and generosity, but will differ according to each mentee’s respective curiosities and proposed research.This session’s list of mentors is as follows:

Christiana Axelsen
Erica Badgeley
Jane Cracovaner
Mark Haim
Jim Kent
Britt Karhoff
Wade Madsen
Alyza DelPan-Monley
Michael O’Neal
Alicia Pugh
Amelia Reeber
Gilbert Small
Tim Smith-Stewart
Alia Swersky
Lavinia Vago


– All applicants will be informed of decisions via email by February 15th, 2020.
– Mentors and mentees will schedule their 10 hours of Creative Residency at Velocity together, depending on 
their respective schedules, any time from mid-February to early May.
– May 28, 2020 (Tech Rehearsal)
– May 29-30, 2020 (Showings)
– June 1-4, 2020 from 12-2PM. (Masterclasses)

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