Classes & Training

Velocity encourages dancers of all levels to reach their maximum potential. Instructors are highly experienced in their art and generous with their knowledge and encouragement. Instruction is geared toward motivating the individual student and encouraging personal exploration of movement. All classes at Velocity have a strong technical base but are eclectic in their style of movement expression. Drop-ins are welcome for all classes, unless otherwise noted.

Thanksgiving Hours

Velocity will close their offices and hold no classes on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28 and Friday, Nov 29.
Wade Madsen will not be teaching on Tuesday, Nov 26, Jody Kuehner will not be teaching Wednesday, Nov 27, and Jaret Hughes will not be teaching on Saturday Nov. 30.
All other classes that week will meet as scheduled.

 

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SCHEDULE

Below is our ongoing classes grouped by day of the week. SEE SCHEDULE PDF.

Our classes and training are on a drop-in schedule that repeats; no pre-registration required. For classes and training that need pre-registration, we've included a helpful reminder to register.

New to dance? Save on our Intro to Dance Series and experience new classes with our Class Card.

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Class XChange

Rotating Faculty / Kawasaki / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Class on Dec. 9 + 16 will be taught by Alia Swersky.

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Intermediate Modern

Maya Soto / Founders / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sarah Alaways will sub on Mon. Nov. 25.

Class starts on the floor with breath, connecting to the core and building strength. read more

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Low Intermediate Ballet

Kaitlin McCarthy / Kawasaki / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Emerald City Kiki

Keelan Johnson (Android Allure) / Founders / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every Other Monday. No class Mon Nov. 25.

Emerald City Kiki Sessions is a FREE bi-weekly gathering and safe space for the Black and Brown LGBTQ2S+ community. read more

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All-Levels Hip-Hop

Jaret Hughes / Kawasaki / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Learn today’s hottest hip-hop moves with an occasional old skool flare including progressions across the floor. read more

Wake Up With West

West Liberty / Steward / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

No class Fri. Nov. 29.

In this gentle, early morning class, we’ll focus on restorative postures and practices like yin style asana, light stretching and a slow, progressive warm-up. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Erica Badgeley

Erica Badgeley / Founders / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

No class Nov. 29.

Wake Up With West

West Liberty / Steward / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In this gentle, early morning class, we’ll focus on restorative postures and practices like yin style asana, light stretching and a slow, progressive warm-up. read more

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Intro to Modern: Wednesdays

Maya Soto / Founders / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-register only. 2020 dates will be announced soon!

Learn basic dance vocabulary used in Velocity’s ongoing ballet and modern classes with other students who have no previous dance experience. read more

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Intermediate Ballet

Mark Haim / Kawasaki / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Begins Sept. 25

Ground your modern and release with fluency in classical technique. read more

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FELDENKRAIS®

Sarah Huntting / Steward / 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Awareness Through Movement lessons are for anyone who wants to reconnect to their natural ability to move. read more

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Low Intermediate Modern

Hope Goldman / Steward / 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

No class on Oct 23.

A weekly ballet practice focused on building strength, centering, and intermediate skills in an upbeat, come-as-you-are, non-competitive environment. read more

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Heels

Ron Gatsby / Kawasaki / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Learn the fundamentals of heels technique which includes warm-up, conditioning with a focus on developing core strength, walking technique, movements across the floor and choreography mixed with Jazz Funk and Hip-Hop. read more

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Wednesdays

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Founders / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pre-register only. Next session begins Jan. 8.

This class draws movement and inspiration from Street/Club styles Majinn has trained in or been influenced by (Breaking, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking, etc.) but will be primarily focused in Hip-Hop Social Dances and some beginner Breaking. read more

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Professional Ballet

Gilbert Small / Kawasaki / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

A traditional ballet class, using imagery and sensation to provoke a deeper, more visceral experience. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Kim Holloway

Kim Holloway / Founders / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Kid-Friendly

Kim’s Advanced Modern class cultivates an inclusive environment while simultaneously seeking excellence and the furthering of our physical, dancing, and artistic selves. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Wade Madsen

Wade Madsen / Founders / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

No class on Tuesday Nov. 26.

In Wade’s Advanced Modern class students learn to develop keener awareness of their bodies, beginning on the floor with subtle movements of the pelvis and moving into core strength and full-body connections. read more

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Beginning Modern with Alice Gosti & Allison Burke

Alice Gosti / Steward / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Beginning Modern begins with a solid warm-up of the entire body and core, progressing to balance, floor work, improvisational scores and choreography. read more

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Intermediate Hip-Hop

Jaret Hughes / Kawasaki / 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

This class takes all the elements from the all-levels hip-hop class and turns it up a few notches! read more

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Tuesdays

Jaret Hughes / Kawasaki / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pre-register only. Next session starts Nov. 12

Learn the basic fundamentals of Hip-Hop which includes warm-up, conditioning, movements across the floor and choreography mixed with old and new skool moves. read more

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Canceled

Hip-Hop Choreo

Lex Ramirez / Steward / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Lex is out sick Dec. 3. Class is back Dec. 10!

This class mixes elements of Hip-Hop, street styles and commercial dance to create short combos to your favorite new and classic hits. read more

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Dance Church

Kate Wallich / Founders / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dance Church® is an all-abilities movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies... read more

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Yoga

Jess Klein / Kawasaki / 9:00 am - 10:15 am

No class on Oct 26 + Nov 30.

Yoga Flow builds strength, stamina, and flexibility and combines Vinyasa (flowing movement sequences) with slow, sustained stretches, refinement of alignment in held poses, as well as breath awareness and mental focus. read more

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Beginning Modern with Kaitlin McCarthy

Amy J Lambert / Founders / 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Work your brain, body, and artistic spirit in this enlivening start to your weekend! read more

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Saturdays

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Kawasaki / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-register only. Next session begins Jan. 11.

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Dance Church

Kate Wallich / Founders / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Dance Church® is an all-abilities movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies... read more

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All-Levels Hip-Hop

Jaret Hughes / Kawasaki / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn today’s hottest hip-hop moves with an occasional old skool flare including progressions across the floor. read more

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Intro to House: Sunday

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Founders / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-regis ter only. 2020 sessions will be announced soon!

This class will help others learn some history of House dance as well as gain a larger vocabulary in House dance and have fun. read more

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Beginning Ballet

Kaitlin McCarthy / Kawasaki / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Working through imagery and sensation, the class will build a solid foundation in basic ballet steps, as well as working with musicality and developing skills for learning choreography. read more

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Body As Teacher

West Liberty / Kawasaki / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Body as Teacher is an improvisational dance class informed by West Liberty’s background in dance, yoga and other movement practices, to give others the tools they need to connect with their bodies more deeply and learn to interpret the signals their bodies are sending to them. read more

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Movement Jam

Rotating Faculty / Founders / 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

$5–$8 Sliding Scale

The Contact Improvisation jam on Sundays is an open event welcoming everyone. read more

Beginning Classical Odissi Indian

Ratna Roy / Kawasaki / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kid-Friendly. No class Dec. 8 - Jan. 5.

“…a challenging, beautiful and fascinating way to move.”—Nicole Tsong, Seattle Times, “Classical Indian Dance works your body and your brain” read more

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Slow Flo

Undercurrent / Steward / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

No class Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28. The last class for the season will be Dec. 5.

A slow steep into Undercurrent—Wake up with a gradual and juicy flow, moving in, out, and across the floor with varied pathways. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Undercurrent

Undercurrent / Founders / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

No class Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28. The last class for the season will be Dec. 5. Classes Dec. 12 + 19 will be taught by Molly Griffin + Emma Whiteley

Through a continual flow structure, this class will investigate tools to strengthen your body and use its architecture to make rigorous movements in and out of the floor easeful and efficient. read more

MASTERCLASSES + WORKSHOPS

 

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Workshop Series: Heather Kravas

Heather Kravas / Kawasaki / Dec 22 - Dec 22

Day 1

Heather Kravas / Kawasaki / Dec 22 1:00pm - Dec 22 4:30pm

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Countertechnique Drop-Ins

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 16 - Dec 20

Mon.- Fri. / 12-2PM

Day 1

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 16 12:00pm - Dec 16 2:00pm

Day 2

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 17 12:00pm - Dec 17 2:00pm

Day 3

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 18 12:00pm - Dec 18 2:00pm

Day 4

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 19 12:00pm - Dec 19 2:00pm

Day 5

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 20 12:00pm - Dec 20 2:00pm

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Workshop: Countertechnique with Charles Slender-White

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 16 - Dec 20

Mon. - Fri. / 12-6PM

Pre-register only

Day 1

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 16 12:00pm - Dec 16 6:00pm

Pre-register only

Day 2

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 17 12:00pm - Dec 17 6:00pm

Pre-register only

Day 3

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 18 12:00pm - Dec 18 6:00pm

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Day 4

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 19 12:00pm - Dec 19 6:00pm

Pre-register only

Day 5

Charles Slender-White / Founders / Dec 20 12:00pm - Dec 20 6:00pm

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Masterclass Series: Neve Mazique-Bianco

Neve Mazique-Bianco / Steward / Oct 24 - Dec 19

Day 1

Neve Mazique-Bianco / Steward / Oct 24 8:00pm - Oct 24 9:30pm

Day 2

Neve Mazique-Bianco / Steward / Oct 31 8:00pm - Oct 31 9:30pm

Day 3

Neve Mazique-Bianco / Steward / Nov 14 8:00pm - Nov 14 9:30pm

Day 4

Neve Mazique-Bianco / Steward / Dec 19 8:00pm - Dec 19 9:30pm

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Featured Class

Workshop Series: Countertechnique

MON DEC. 16 – FRI DEC. 20 / 12-6PM

Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique is a contemporary dance technique that integrates intellectual intention with physical activity, strengthens and stretches the body, and enables dancers to move bigger, more fluidly, and more spatially.…View details

INTRO TO DANCE SERIES

“I didn’t believe I could dance before. I thought dancing was for super-humans. I’m immeasurably excited about the rest of my life now that dance is a part of it.”
— Intro to Dance participant

“I’ve already recommended this class to friends.”
— Intro to Dance participant

If you are brand new to dance, our 6-week Intro to Dance Series are a great way to get started. You’ll leave the class with essentials in dance vocabulary and movement basics, and a solid grasp of how to learn choreography. After 6 weeks, you’ll be ready for any Velocity Beginner class, and will be able to enter All-Levels classes with boosted confidence.

Intro to Dance Series with Shannon Stewart from Velocity Dance Center on Vimeo.

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Intro to House: Sunday

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Founders / Sep 8 10:30am - Oct 13 12:00pm

This class will help others learn some history of House dance as well as gain a larger vocabulary in House dance and have fun. read more

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Tuesdays

Jaret Hughes / Kawasaki / Oct 1 8:00pm - Nov 5 9:30pm

Learn the basic fundamentals of Hip-Hop which includes warm-up, conditioning, movements across the floor and choreography mixed with old and new skool moves. read more

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Intro to Modern: Wednesdays

Maya Soto / Founders / Sep 11 6:00pm - Oct 16 7:30pm

Learn basic dance vocabulary used in Velocity’s ongoing ballet and modern classes with other students who have no previous dance experience. read more

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Saturdays

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Kawasaki / Sep 7 10:30am - Oct 12 12:00pm

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Intro to Hip-Hop: Wednesdays

Michael O’Neal Jr. / Founders / Sep 11 8:00pm - Oct 16 9:30pm

This class draws movement and inspiration from Street/Club styles Majinn has trained in or been influenced by (Breaking, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking, etc.) but will be primarily focused in Hip-Hop Social Dances and some beginner Breaking. read more

Questions?

What's my level?

We encourage dancers of all levels to reach their maximum potential. Our instructors are highly experienced in their art and generous with their knowledge and encouragement, and our instruction is geared toward motivating the individual student and encouraging personal exploration of movement. All of our classes and training have a strong technical base but are eclectic in their style of movement expression. 

Our instructors are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your fit in a particular class. The level guidelines below are simply a guideline! We suggest getting a Class Card to try out a variety of classes and save on our Intro to Dance series.

Classes & Training Levels @ Velocity

Intro to Dance Series: Designed for the true beginner with no prior dance experience

All Levels: Accessible to dancers of all levels.

Beginning: For students with little or no prior movement experience.

Slow Intermediate: For students with a grasp of basic movement and alignment concepts. An intermediary step between beginning and intermediate levels.

Intermediate: For students with a strong understanding of movement and alignment principles. Students should be physically and mentally ready for the challenge of more material, a faster-paced class, and elements of risk in movement.

Intermediate Advanced: Appropriate for both intermediate and advanced dancers.

Advanced: For students with a high level of proficiency and understanding of movement and alignment concepts, who are ready for a deeper development of their personal expression as dancers.

Advanced/Professional: Velocity was founded with the goal to offer daily professional level dance classes to the Seattle dance community. Sixteen years later, we still offer daily classes by locally and nationally recognized teachers.

Masterclasses: Masterclasses are typically single, 1.5-hour-long, one-off classes with a teaching artist into a specific technique or practice.

Workshops: Workshops are more intensive and involved than a masterclass. At workshops, instructors go in-depth into a technique or practice and have multiple sessions over a one to two-week period.

What do I wear?

There is no specific dress code or footwear—just wear comfortable clothes you can move in! Socks or bare feet should be fine for most of our classes.

 

Can kids join your lessons?

Velocity classes are open to all students 16 years of age and older. Children are welcome to watch some classes in the corner of the studio. Please note space is limited in our Steward & Kawasaki studios. Look for the Kid-Friendly label below associated class descriptions.

 

How to Pay + Class Card Info

Dance more. Save money.

Cost of Classes & Training: All classes and training (masterclasses) are $15 except for: workshops and any Intro to Dance series—all Intro to Dance series are $90 for each six-week series.

How to Pay for Classes & Training: All classes and training can be paid with a Class Card (see below) or in-person to your teacher on the day of the class except for: workshops and any Intro to Dance series which can be paid online.

How to Pay for Workshops: All workshops are paid online.

How to Get on a Wait List: If a workshop or Intro to Dance series is full, email our Operations Manager at operations@velocitydancecenter.org to get on the wait list.

What is a Class Card?

Class Cards can be used on all classes and training except for workshops and our “Intro To Dance” series. 

How Can I Get a Class Card: Right here! You can also order and pick-up a Class Card in person at Velocity.

Hold on to Your Class Card: Your Class Card is like cash. If you lose it, it is gone, not replaceable, and very sad because we want you to be able to dance with us. So hold onto your Class Card! (Velocity is not responsible for lost or stolen cards. Class Cards are not refundable or exchangeable.)

Do Class Cards Expire: Yes. Class Cards expire 6 months after the purchase date. (Expiration dates cannot be extended except in the case of documented medical emergencies.)

How to Gift a Class Card: Purchase a Class Card here with the recipient’s full name. Their new Class Card will be waiting for them at Velocity!

 

 

Respect Policy

Respect Policy

Respect for everyone is encouraged and Velocity does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. Freedom of expression & creativity is encouraged within the boundaries of respect for all peoples.

No violence, hate speech, verbal or physical assault or other abuse will be permitted by anyone on the premises. We reserve the right to refuse service to any customer whose presence in Velocity detracts from the safety, welfare, and well-being of other patrons. 

We are prohibited from renting to or hosting groups, organizations, or individuals whose teachings and/or employment practices are discriminatory based on age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, or sexual orientation.

Source: Capitol Hill Arts District Statement of Solidarity

Teach at Velocity

For running an independent 1 to 2 session workshop(s) or masterclass(es) at one of our 3 rental studios contact operations@velocitydancecenter.org

For being a part of our training programming via an ongoing class or teaching a masterclass, workshop, CI Fundamentals, or Creative Process series contact our Executive Director at executivedirector@velocitydancecenter.org

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