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.

A note on pricing:

Beginning January 1, 2020, Velocity will be launching new offerings for our class cards. Our new offerings are structured to save you more money the more the more you dance:

One class card = $18.

Four class cards = $60 ($15/class).

Eight class cards = $112 ($14/class).

“Intro to Dance” series = $100 for each six-week series (≈16.50/class).

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Please note: Velocity’s offices will be closed on President’s Day, Monday February 17. We’ll have a work-study present starting at 3PM and through when evening classes begin, with SH*T GOLD taking over at 8PM.

 

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SCHEDULE

See our ongoing class schedule by clicking on a day of the week below. To see it all at a glance, check out our ongoing class 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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Yoga

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

Classes resume Jan. 11.

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 + Lucie Baker

Kaitlin McCarthy / Founders / 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Classes resume Jan. 11.

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

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Pre-register only

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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Underscore Jam

Christian Swenson / Kawasaki / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Every 2nd Saturday.

Underscore is a rare non-verbal space for true play, dance, contact, and improv. The Underscore was created by Nancy Stark Smith, and we recommend you take a look at the structure so you know what you’re walking into: https://nancystarksmith.com/underscore/ read more

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Commercial Jazz Funk with Ron Gatsby

Ron Gatsby / Kawasaki / 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

1st, 3rd, + 4th Saturdays of the month only.

Jazz Funk/Commercial is a fierce, powerful, and dynamic dance style. It takes elements from Hip Hop and Jazz, combining them with club/street styles such as House, Voguing and Waacking to create the choreography most commonly found in music videos and live performances. read more

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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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When You Move I Move with Dani Tirrell

Dani Tirrell / Steward / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2nd + 4th Mondays only.

When You Move I Move is a guided practice that involves principles often used in street dance practice and theory. This movement class will use movement (dance) that is found in 90’s party grooves, House Dance, Breaking and other Hip-Hop (street/club) dance forms to focus on community building and how these movements at times centered on protest and self love. read more

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Canceled

Emerald City Kiki

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

Kiki sessions will resume in March 2020.

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

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Beginning Modern with Alice Gosti + Tiffany Bierly

Alice Gosti / Steward / 8:00 pm - 9:30 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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Dance Cardio Fitness

Olivia Lintz / Kawasaki / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Classes begin January 12, 2020.

A 60 minute dance party where you can release your inhibitions & let your freak flag fly while getting stronger + sweating away the stress of the outside world read more

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Advanced/Professional Contemporary with Molly Griffin + Emma Whiteley

Emma Whiteley / Founders / 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Ground the body. Follow your instincts. Play with possibilities. Bringing our experience in floorwork and physical dance theater, we will work to break down the mechanics of inversions, floor-based technique, and accessible acrobatics using efficiency and momentum. read more

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Intro to House: Sunday

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

Pre-register only. Next session begins February 16, 2020.

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

Classes resume January 12, 2020.

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

Lyssa Morris will be subbing for West on Sunday January 26.

The focus of this class is creating a deeper relationship with your body and nervous system through a sensation based practice of movement and vocal improvisation, grounding exercises, embodied meditations, drawing and writing exercises. 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

Classes resume January 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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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 the YC

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

February 11 through March 31. Rotating YC faculty.

Introducing a brand new weekly Advanced/Professional Contemporary class taught by Studio Kate Wallich's company the YC. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Wade Madsen

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

Begins January 21, 2020.

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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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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Pre-register only

Intro to Hip-Hop: Tuesdays

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

Pre-register only. Next session starts February 18.

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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Hip-Hop Choreo

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

Begins January 14, 2020.

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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Body As Teacher

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

The focus of this class is creating a deeper relationship with your body and nervous system through a sensation based practice of movement and vocal improvisation, grounding exercises, embodied meditations, drawing and writing exercises. read more

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Advanced / Professional Contemporary with Erica Badgeley

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

Begins January 31, 2020.

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Body As Teacher

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

The focus of this class is creating a deeper relationship with your body and nervous system through a sensation based practice of movement and vocal improvisation, grounding exercises, embodied meditations, drawing and writing exercises. read more

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Intro to Modern: Wednesdays

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

Pre-register only. Next series begins January 8, 2020.

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

*Lucie Baker will sub for Mark February 12 +19.

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

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Low Intermediate Modern

Hope Goldman / Steward / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The perfect class for those who have some movement experience and find themselves in between the existing Beginning and Intermediate levels, or those with more advanced training who want to slow down and dig in in a gentle way. 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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Pre-register only

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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Slow Flo

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

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

Begins January 16, 2020.

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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Masterclass Series: Adrienne Truscott

Adrienne Truscott / / Feb 19 - Feb 19

Day 1

Adrienne Truscott / / Feb 19 12:00pm - Feb 19 2:00pm

As a performer/practitioner Adrienne has evolved a unique and perverse web of strategies, plots and creative grifts to make surviving in the performing arts over time  'a thing'. This gathering will be a chance to share and experiment with some of these modes of making and strategies, including tricks to jump-starting the making process, shifting context as a means to expand meaning (and audience), embracing problems as a way forward.
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Masterclass: Mariana Valencia

Mariana Valencia / / Feb 21 - Feb 12

Day 1

Mariana Valencia / / Feb 21 12:00pm - Feb 12 2:00pm

See Hear Here explores choreographic sensibilities. We will converse about our sightings and engage in a deeper collective understanding through listening, reaching toward each other with truth and care.
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CI Fundamentals

Christian Swenson / Steward / Jan 19 - Feb 23

Day 1

Christian Swenson / Steward / Jan 19 12:30pm - Jan 19 2:00pm

Day 2

Christian Swenson / Steward / Jan 26 12:30pm - Jan 26 2:00pm

Day 3

Christian Swenson / Steward / Feb 2 12:30pm - Feb 2 2:00pm

Day 4

Christian Swenson / Steward / Feb 9 12:30pm - Feb 9 2:00pm

Day 5

Christian Swenson / Steward / Feb 16 12:30pm - Feb 16 2:00pm

Day 6

Christian Swenson / Steward / Feb 23 12:30pm - Feb 23 2:00pm

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Featured Class

Mariana Valencia

February 21, 12-2PM

See Hear Here explores choreographic sensibilities. We will converse about our sightings and engage in a deeper collective understanding through listening, reaching toward each other with truth and care.. .Learn more

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 / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-register only. Next session begins February 16, 2020.

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 / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pre-register only. Next session starts February 18.

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 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-register only. Next series begins January 8, 2020.

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 / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

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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

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, fill out our Teaching Request form. If you have additional questions, please contact our Executive Director at executivedirector@velocitydancecenter.org

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