Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney's "Keeping the Faith" Prison Project

Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney’s “Keeping the Faith” Prison Project

Written by Cornish College of the Arts student Hannah Cavallaro, this essay is a thoughtful, personal response to the article Baring and Bearing Life Behind Bars by Jessica Berson. Berson arrives at the Washington Corrections...
A Home at Velocity

A Home at Velocity

The following interview was conducted by Serra Shelton on February 24th, 2017. Maeve Haselton, Dance Major at Cornish College of the Arts, has been involved with Velocity since 2011, taking classes, workshops, volunteering, and now...
Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

In this essay Mulla-Carrillo compares the way belly-dancing has been viewed in Eastern and Western societies, shedding light on how Islamophobia impacts the practice of belly-dancing today. Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo is a dance major at Cornish College...
STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

April Sellers (Minneapolis Dancemaker / curator) interviews Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic Director) and Alice Gosti in this conversation about curation and creative practices. Tonya and Alice discuss what brings them together as collaborators and their history of working together...
The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

On February 28, 2016, an incredible intergenerational gathering of Seattle dance luminaries came together for the Velocity Speakeasy The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle.  The first of its kind in our city,...
Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

  For the first time, Velocity, On the Boards, + SQUID MGMT joined together to bring a united voice of Seattle/Portland dance to NYC during APAP | NYC 2016, a conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. In order to...
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SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TAISHA PAGGETT “Art making develops a type of curiosity that, I think, makes is a radical practice . . . to break open fixed narratives and ask why anything has to be the way it is.” – taisha paggett taisha paggett’s  work challenges dance, visual art, activism and education: What do they demand of us? How do they shape communities? What possibilities do they...
Strategies to Manage Stress

Strategies to Manage Stress

This Strictly Seattle LunchTime Talk was conducted by Tonya Lockyer on July 20th, 2017.   Some stress is normal. Intensified stress can be a helpful warning system that signals us to respond to whatever is causing the stress. Avoidance of stress can also be unhealthy. There are many different causes of stress. Change – even positive change like graduating from college or getting married – can be...
SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JOE GOODE “To make something, to build something, is not just exerting the force of your skill and intelligence upon the world. It is also a process of looking inward, of gaining new perspective, of inhabiting your life in a more deliberate way. This can be powerful and transformative.” – Joe Goode JOE GOODE makes dances to survive. In his own words, creating dances has been...
Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

In this stream-of-consciousness piece, Renee Boehlke, local choreographer and director, reflects on the process of her Bridge Project piece, Sunken Cities, performed at Velocity Dance Center on January 26th – 29th, 2017. The Bridge Project offers four choreographers up to 45 hours of rehearsal space in which to create and perform a new work in four weeks. During this time Velocity also provides a costume stipend, and an audition...
MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

NAME: Syniva Whitney MVP: Artist MVP SINCE: July 2016 BIO: Syniva Whitney makes performance inspired by their non-binary, trans, queer, black + multiracial identity. This on-going movement based research started the project Gender Tender and created the Gender Tender Method for dance and performance. They have shown their dance, acting, visual art and film based work at various venues in Seattle and nationally most recently at Velocity’s Next...
Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS is an annual event that happens in conjunction with Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) In this popular evening of performance, presentations, and community dialogue, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) intensive faculty share what’s currently driving their research and practice. Watch video of the 2016 Lightning Talks below! The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya...
Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: History of Contact Improvisation through the Body: From Unimaginable to Resonance & Meaning Journeying in time from 1972-2016, this demonstration/conversation explores the development of a post modern dance form. Conceived and facilitated by Karen Nelson with Katherine Cook including Stephanie Nugent, Shel Wagner Rasch, Cyrus Khambatta, Aaron Schwartzman, Arwen Wilder, Krista DeNio, and Cathie Caraker. Watch the Speakeasy here: Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improv Through...
Gearshift

Gearshift

Tonya Lockyer (Velocity’s Artistic Executive Director, Co-Chair Capitol Hill Arts District) talks about how to build and preserve the arts on Capitol Hill. Her presentation was part of Gearshift, Capitol Hill Housing’s annual community forum, held on May 26th, 2016.
Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti’s Bodies of Water was a 5-hour spectacle and community gathering on the Seattle Waterfront co-produced by Velocity and Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Read Gosti’s poetic statement about the source of her ambitious work about Seattle’s relationship to its waters and immigration. Read the full program here .       Bodies of Water Program PDF Relevant Links: When Coming Home is an Art You Haven’t Mastered Yet – Imana Farahiya Gunawan Bodies...
You're Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

You’re Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

On Sunday, February 28 2016, Edna Daigre participated in our Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. Check out this article from our friend Marcie Sillman and KUOW profiling Edna. You’re Never Too Old to Dance in Seattle’s Central Area
Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Last Sunday, March 13, 2016 Keith Hennessy returned to Velocity to perform his one man show, Bear/Skin, and engaged in post show discussion. Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer’s letter of introduction for the show:  “It changed my life” – that’s how a Seattle artist described the last time Keith Hennessy performed at Velocity. Turbulence (a dance about the economy) was a hybrid of improvised dance happening and political...
From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

#QTPOCDance – Dance of Life, Identity, & Gender – DANA MICHEL & 2016 Showing Out Crew This week, we are reposting this podcast from #LuluNation + Crew in conjunction with Velocity and CD Forum’s show this weekend, Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers The original MixCloud post: Start at 1 minute and 48 seconds Contemporary Black Choreographers and Dancers showcased to promote their upcoming shows. DANA MICHEL of “Yellow...