// The Bridge Project //


“The Bridge Project is one of Velocity Dance Center’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 4-week program for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle, or 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 (graduate only)
  • Costume stipend
  • Velocity produced audition for your cast. Performer audition will be held November 22, 5-8PM in Velocity’s Founders Studio. Choreographers must be available at this time to teach material and select a cast and to stay afterwards to discuss casting.

In 2016, we continued the Bridge Project UW Dance Residency, a partnership of Velocity and the University of Washington Dance Department. This award goes to a graduate of the University of Washington who has been choreographing in Seattle, outside of school, for three years or less. Stephanie Liapis was the 2016 award recipient.

The 2016 Bridge Project took place January 4 – 29, with three sold-out public performances on January 29, 30 + 31 in Velocity’s Founders Theater. With support from Power2Give Presented by ArtsFund, Velocity:

  • Offered artists (choreographers, dancers, and musicians) the opportunity to bridge studio work and performance while establishing relationships between artists.
  • Provided four emerging choreographers 200 hours of free rehearsal and performance space.
  • Paid choreographers for their work.
  • Offered all artists the highest level of technical, administrative and publicity support.
  • “The Bridge Project Response Process” facilitated critical feedback/mentorship
  • Presented cutting-edge contemporary dance work to adventurous Seattle audiences.




Thanks to Café Argento owner Faizel Khan, Velocity is pleased to announce Argento Dance Grants will be awarded to one or more Seattle dancers participating in The Bridge Project 2016. In keeping with Velocity and Argento’s commitment to helping make Seattle a viable place for dancers to develop sustainable and prosperous careers, awards aim to support local dancers who demonstrate financial need.

Argento Dance Grants include:

  • Cash grants ranging from $250-$1000.
  • One year free MVP Membership, providing discounts to Velocity classes, events, and studio rentals.
  • 6 hours of free studio rehearsal time.

Grants will be awarded through The Bridge Project dancer audition SUN NOV 22, and review of the applicant’s description of financial need.
Applications are now closed. Questions? Contact Programming Coordinator Erin Johnson >> ErinJohnson@velocitydancecenter.org



Article“Dance Making with the Pros.” Dance Magazine. Ashley Rivers. April 2015.






Thank you to our Bridge Project 2016 Partner: University of Washington Dance Department

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