2017 MASTER CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

 

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: DANIELLE AGAMI / Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY
FRI MAR 3 / 9:30-11AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
cash/check/credit card/class card

Join Danielle Agami (Artistic Director) and Ate9 company members for special Master Classes inspired by Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s movement language. Gaga is a practice of research and discovery that brings new possibilities and healing to the body through constant and mindful movement. Using imagery to guide students through improvisational tasks, Danielle encourages participants to experience a wide range of sensations from within the body. Class works to foster strength, flexibility, and sensitivity throughout the body and mind. Come get groovy, heal your body, and push your physical limits. Classes are open to dancers and all types of movers alike – new movers, voices, and faces enhance the experience in the studio and bring inspiration. Everyone is encouraged to join!

DANIELLE AGAMI / Ate9 is considered one of America’s most important, emerging dance companies. Agami was a member of Batsheva Dance Company from 2005-2010 under the artistic directorship of Ohad Naharin. She also served as the company’s rehearsal director and in 2009 received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance. Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY, based in Los Angeles, was founded at Velocity Dance Center, and tours internationally.

See Danielle Agami’s latest work, Calling Glenn, at The Moore Theatre, MAR 3 at 8PM, performed by Ate9 with live music by the rhythmic anchor of the beloved band Wilco, Glenn Kotche. MORE INFO!

 

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: BRYN COHN
FRI FEB 17 / 4-5:30PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
cash/check/credit card/class card

THE GET DOWN: A Movement Experience with Bryn Cohn + Artists

Bryn Cohn + Artists’ class integrates principles rooted in contemporary, hip-hop and classical ballet and modern techniques to facilitate playful, rigorous and technical investigation.  Warm up begins with both crafted and improvisational exercises that ground the body and center the mind.  We calibrate our systems by drawing upon alignment, weight shift, sequencing, momentum, initiation and morphing in and out of form to build a foundation from which to venture on a visceral adventure.  The malleable, acute and architectural qualities cultivated provide a springboard to launch into dynamic – based, athletic and gestural vocabularies.  Music sourced from electronic to trance to pop genres generate a pulsing, beat – driven auditory landscape to incite tangible ways of connecting to syncopation and rhythmic nuance.

BRYN COHN: Described as having “a brilliant mind” (Dance Enthusiast) Bryn Cohn founded the New York-based dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists whose work has been performed at Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, 92nd Street Y, 14th Street Y, Ailey Citigroup, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Boston University, Nazareth College, Dixon Place, Judson Church, Abrons Arts Center and Triskelion Arts among others.

Cohn has been commissioned by The Big Muddy Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Grand Valley State University, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance, California State University, Fullerton, Betsey Johnson on a site – specific installation and The Youth America Grand Prix.  She received a full feature in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2016.  Cohn has taught at Gibney Dance, Peridance, Temple University, Shenandoah University, Rutgers University, CalArts, Loyola Marymount University, Velocity Dance Center and California State University, Los Angeles.  BC + A has received awards from Kaatsbaan, The Alfred Z Solomon Charitable Trust, SILO Residency through DanceNOW, The Far Space Residency through The Field, and Inception to Exhibition.

 

batshevaMASTER CLASS SERIES: BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY
SAT FEB 11 / 10:15-11:30AM ***CLASS ADDED DUE TO DEMAND
SAT FEB 11 / 11:30AM-12:45PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
cash/check/credit card/class card

Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.

These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.

BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the Company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva maintains an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and over 100,000 spectators per year.  Artistic Director, Ohad Naharin, is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

This class is in support of the Batsheva Dance Company performance at The Paramount Theatre Saturday, February 11, 2017. For performance information & tickets visit www.stgpresents.org

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: LISA NELSON
Tuning Scores Laboratory –Composition, Communication, Attention, and the Sense of Imagination
FRI-WED FEB 3-8 / 10-5PM
Base: Experimental Arts + Space 
6520 5th Ave S #122
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$300-$500 sliding scale or $250 low-income
Register: heartgreen@yahoo.com or 503-740-0523
Full time only please

Tuning Scores offer a multi-sensorial approach to the questions: what do we ‘see’ when we look at dance? what do we ‘see’ from within the dance?’ The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. Initiating a playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Performers/creators of all disciplines (dance, music, visual art, theater) are welcome.

LISA NELSON is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, videographer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the ’70s. Stemming from an investigation of video and dance, she developed an approach to real-time editing and performance she calls ‘Tuning Scores.’ 

Nelson travels widely to perform, teach and create dances and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Scott Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, and Image Lab. She’s received various encouragements over the years, including an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly international dance and improvisation journal since 1977, and lives in Vermont, USA.

2016 MASTER CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

wgw2MASTER CLASS SERIES: SHANNON STEWART
THURS + FRI DEC 22 + 23 / 9:30-11:30AM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
cash/check/credit card/class card

Shannon’s contemporary class includes somatic tuning, guided improvisation, technical, endurance and strengthening exercises that allow dancers to increase range of motion, physical capacity and the potential for alternative virtuosities. Shannon works equally with physical and mental rigor, attention to detail, play and experimentation, and ends class with phrase work. Her training encompasses classical forms, somatic practices, martial arts and breakdancing. She is a certified Gyrokinesis®, and Gyrotonic® instrcutor and has trained abroad with in Forsythe improvisation, CounterTechnique and with Crystal Pite.

SHANNON STEWART is based in New Orleans with her heart tethered to the west coast and Europe. She has performed nationally and internationally with her own work as well as with tEEth, zoe | juniper, Tino Seghal, and in an adapted solo of Deborah Hay’s. She has taught for over a decade in contemporary dance centers (Velocity, ODC, Conduit PDX, Dancing Grounds) and as a guest artist in Universities in the United States and Canada. She will complete her MFA in interdisciplinary performance in 2017. 

 

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: ZOE SCOFIELD
WED DEC 21 / 6:15-7:45PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
cash/check/credit card/class card

zoe | juniper classes utilize a somatic approach to technique. Classes are physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging; a space where product orientated results takes rest and active experience reigns. We combine musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancers’ potential.  As teachers, it is our desire to help students foster a body that is available, aware and in command of its’ senses, intuition and physicality.

ZOE SCOFIELD, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle. Since 2004, Zoe collaborated with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey. Their company, zoe | juniper, has been commissioned and presented by The Joyce, American Realness, Bates Dance Festival, CAC New Orleans, CalArts, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College, DancePlace, FringeArts, Frye Art Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, On the Boards, Pennsylvania Ballet, PS122, PuSh Festival, REDCAT, and Velocity Dance Center among others. zoe | juniper’s residencies and awards include The MacDowell Colony, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National Performance Network, NEFA’s National Dance Project, Princess Grace Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding. zoe | juniper’s latest work, Clear & Sweet, made it’s PNW premiere at On The Boards in October, and will continue to tour nationally in 2017.

hotspotMASTER CLASS SERIES: BIANCA CABRERA
TECHNICAL PRACTICE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS DANCER
TUES DEC 20 / 9:30-11:30AM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP
cash/check/credit card/class card

Students will take up space like a tiger and move stealthily through a fierce, focused flow that wakes up awareness of innate kinnetic sensibilities. Attack and risk will nuzzle up to graceful extension and freedom in the joints. Floor work and inversions are emphasized and connected to sound vertical alignment. Nosh on fat, beefy phrases, fill up on fierce expressivity and chew on ideas about creating a larger context for the joy of being in the body. Class is strongly influenced by Yoga and Break Dancing and Release, Graham and Lewitsky techniques. With a teaching philosophy rooted in authorship, interpretation, and integration, Cabrera’s classes illuminate and amplify the tenor of the body through expressive prowess. Her intentional physical practices aim to build multiple vantage points of virtuosity, encouraging risk taking and yea saying. With conventional class structures reimagined as a participatory think tank, students become powerful peers for one another while propelling technique forward through inquiry and investigation.

Driven by the bias Bacchus before Buddha, BIANCA CABRERA‘s work is informed by a vibrant amalgamation of baton twirling, go-go dancing, cabaret, camp and burlesque as well as her professional contemporary dance education. She received early training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and later studied at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center and Point Park College, before receiving her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Her performing career includes work with celebrated dance artists and companies: Lingo Dance/KT Niehoff, Amii LeGendre, Paige Barnes, Kristen Tsiastios, Kim Epifano, LevyDance, Christine Bonansea, et al. and is working with Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions in 2017.

In 2012, she founded the Bay Area performing company, Blind Tiger Society, creating 7 new full length works and many more short works with performances and commissions for The Garage, ODC Theater, ODC Youth Company, CounterPULSE, vîv dance collective, SAFEhouse Arts, the Seattle Inter|National Dance Festival, Links Hall/Midwest Nexus and Kate Mitchell Creative. Cabrera is a two-time participant of ODC’s Pilot program in San Francisco and has been awarded residencies from Bandaloop Studio, LEVYstudio, The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts and 10 Degrees. Her work has been nominated for a 2014 Soul of Oakland award and has been supported through the Fleishhacker and Rainin Foundations.

Nancy Stark Smith: Exactness of Weights of Feeling Kuva: Raisa Kyllikki KarjalainenWORKSHOP SERIES:Express Train to States of Grace
A CI + Underscore Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith
WORKSHOP //NOV 30 + DEC 1 + DEC 2 + DEC 3 / 10-6PM
Velocity: V2
1525 11th Ave
REGISTER $350 Workshop Only / $400 Workshop + Symposium
(includes admission to the Underscore Dec 3)

“States of grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, composition, contemplation, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity. This three day workshop aims to weave these strands into satisfying, focused, curious, embodied, and engaged solo, duo, and group improvisations. The Underscore on Saturday, December 3 will be the culminating vehicle for our discoveries.

 

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MASTER CLASS SERIES:
CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES w/ Patrick Kilbane

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TUES OCT 25 + NOV 8 / 9-11:20AM
Velocity’s Kawasaki Studio
$15 / $12 MVP

Develop the tools required of today’s contemporary dance artist. Get curious and dive into a supportive and challenging environment while waking up to your experience. Explore form, improvisation, strength + stamina, choreographic material and the pursuit of pleasure. Some dance experience suggested but not required. All levels.

PATRICK KILBANE is from Bainbridge Island, WA. He trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet and others. After being exposed to contemporary dance Patrick joined NW Dance Project in Portland, OR where he danced for 6 seasons and worked with an incredible array of international dance makers. He is thrilled to be back in Seattle working as a freelance performance artist, choreographer and teacher. Patrick dances with Kate Wallich + The YC and Whim W’him. His new ongoing Saturday afternoon class “Contemporary Practices with Patrick Kilbane” begins on Oct 29th.

 

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WORKSHOP / AUDITION: ALICE GOSTI
NOV 5+6 / 2-4PM
Velocity: V2
1525 11th Ave
REGISTER $35 Full / $30 MVP / $20 One day drop In

Within a creative energetic workshop/audition, we will warm-up. Investigate and explore movement materials and improvisation scores around the primary themes of Alice’s new body of work. Material Deviance In Contemporary American Culture (MDICAC) is an immersive installation, dance performance, and communal ritual. It grapples with the complexity of living in an object-based society where we define our identity through the objects we own. The performance interweaves the stories and physical histories of: immigrants and refugees who carry their homes on their shoulders; hoarders who compulsively accumulate anything and everything; and America’s growing homeless population. MDICAC combines dance, theatre, immersive installation and durational performance.Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition!Dancers will be selected to research and perform in Alice’s next project. Premiere in Winter 2018 with touring in the Spring and Fall of 2018. Workshop proceeds go directly into supporting this project.

Actors Auditions will be held at the beginning of December. If interested rsvp at the e-mail below.

For any questions contact alice@gostia.com

Alice Gosti is an architect of experiences. She aims to create spaces, performances and events where people can exist, moments that become catalysts for ideas, memories, dreams and desires. She has received grants from the NEFA, Bossak/Heilbron, Artist Trusts, Seattle Office of the Arts and Culture, the Vilcek Foundation. Alice Gosti’s work has been presented/commissioned by universities, galleries, theaters and festivals worldwide. For more information gostia.com

MDICAC is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

burrer-lungepicMASTER CLASS SERIES: JULIA BURRER
TUES OCT 11 + 18 + NOV 1 / 9-11:20AM
Velocity’s Kawasaki Studio
$15 / $12 MVP
We will start by honing in and focusing on an idea, image, and/or landscape of the body, investigating its architecture and how gravity and intention can broaden our perception of our personal movement patterns. From there, we will expand outwards into a wider view using shorter exercises to get our bodies articulating and gaining alertness and spatial awareness. As we move forward, we will build experientially – in size and space, in musicality and in sensation. We will access moving from our bones and finding ease in our joints, as well as fully engaging our musculature and using momentum to our advantage. Class will culminate with a hefty-sized phrase.

Originally from Austin, Texas, JULIA BURRER received a BFA in dance performance from SUNY-Purchase College. Julia was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007 to 2015. She has staged various Varone works on companies and universities throughout the U.S., including assisting with his 2013 remounting of Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera. During her time in New York, she also danced professionally with Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Gwen Welliver, and the Median Movement. She has served as adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and Barnard College, as well as, directed 92nd Street Y’s teen performing company, Harkness Repertory Ensemble, from 2011-2015. Julia has been a guest artist at Bates Dance Festival and Gibney Dance Center and has led workshops and master classes in the U.S. and abroad.  She is currently completing her MFA at University of Washington where she is focusing on teaching methods, alternative somatic practices, and dance history.

 

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MASTER CLASS: TROY OGILVIE
SAT OCT 22 / 12:15-1:45PM
Velocity’s Founders Studio
$15 / $12 MVP

When gut, heart, and brain are trusted, a dialogue forms between conscious and intuitive physicality. The tension between abstraction and narrative – form and content – adds context to this dialogue. Class physically and mentally prepares dancers and/or actors to contribute to this conversation whether they produce their own work or interpret the work of others. Warm-up begins with meditative form and graduates to rigorous alignment. Blood pumping continues with improvisation techniques and games; both known and unknown. Class finishes with phrase work and related improvisations. Come as you are! Let’s go places together.

TROY OGILVIE has danced for and collaborated with choreographers – Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Zoe Scofield, Gabriel Forestieri, Idan Sharabi, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis (as a participant in the The Legacy Project/Le Projet Heritage), Austin McCormick, Harumi Terayama, Malcolm Low, Patricia Noworol, and Belinda McGuire; violinist – Liv Heym; theater company – Punchdrunk (in the role of Lady Macbeth); and director – Peter Sellars (in the role of Mary Magdalene in The Gospel According to the Other Mary).  She teaches an improvisation class and is one of the creative directors for The McKittrick Hotel’s (home of Sleep No More) SUPERCINEMA parties.  Additionally, Troy is the Secretary of Springboard Danse Montreal’s Canadian Board as well as a Founding Collaborator & Associate Director of NYC’s Movement Invention Project.  She was one of Dance Magazine’s 2011 Top 25 to Watch and graduated with a B.F.A. from the Juilliard School in 2007. www.troyogilvie.squarespace.com

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MASTERCLASS: DAVID HARVEY
Dancing as the act of listening
SAT SEPT 24 / 12:15-1:45PM
FOUNDERS STUDIO 1621 12TH AVE
$15 / $12 MVP
cash/check/class card only

This class will consist of a short warmup, spontaneously generated movement, and experimenting with learned material.We’ll try to detach from our egos, enable our integrity, and clarify our communication in order to allow our best attempt at honest dancing.

DAVID HARVEY was a member of Alonzo King Lines Ballet for seven years, where he was involved in the creation of 12 of Alonzo’s new works, and danced in over 20 of his ballets. He teaches for the Lines Ballet education programs, including the BFA program through Dominican University and has taught as guest faculty at various dance schools, summer training programs, and workshops across the United States. Since 2012 he has worked closely as a dancer/collaborator with Bobbi Jene Smith, and he is currently a member of Kate Wallich + The YC. His own choreographic work has been performed at several SF venues, including The Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, and Zspace. Harvey recently premiered a solo work at the On The Boards Northwest New Works Festival. He will perform this work as a part of Velocity’s Fall Kick Off on Sat, Sept 24th, 7:30PM.

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: THE THREE YELLS 

SUN SEPT 18 / 10-1:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$20 full / $18 MVP

A rare opportunity presented by Velocity Dance Center to participate in a workshop with Veronica Lee-Baik. Known for her uncanny ability to wield the fire out each individual, Lee-Baik will offer unique movement exploration techniques that draw from her varied background in contemporary and Butoh dance. Participants will harness their individual expression, experience the collaborative process with Lee-Baik, and learn structured material to discover an ensemble connection. You will dance. You will sweat. You will be alive.

This workshop will serve as an audition to expand The Three Yells casting for their latest evening length work, Giselle Deconstruct. Selected dancer/s will perform with the company at Cornish Playhouse (produced by Cornish Presents) January 6 & 7, 2017. Rehearsals are Mondays (12-2.30pm) and Thursdays (9.30-12pm) at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Performance stipend gig.

Described by SeattleDances as having, “a clear eye for an unusual landscape—her stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.” Lee-Baik is a visual artist of the body. She collaborates with cross-disciplinary artists to install visceral environments that invite new perspective on important social/civic issues. Lee-Baik has presented work at Velocity Dance Center, Cornish Playhouse, On The Boards and Frye Art Museum since returning to her work in 2014. She is a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Grant, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures Grant and 4Culture Art Projects Award.

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: ALANA O ROGERS
SUN SEPT 11 / 10:30-1PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$20 full / $18 MVP

Delve into the creative process and learn material for Alana’s upcoming work Into Ice at Velocity Dance Center. Dancers and movers of all skill levels and backgrounds encouraged; dance training not required but a sense of body knowledge and movement awareness is essential. The workshop will include a brief warm-up, followed by learning set material and playing with improvisational scores inspired by: coldness, glaciers, exploration, isolation, avalanches, caribou, and getting lost.

6-8 ensemble performers will be selected from the workshop to perform in November. Rehearsals are all Thursdays in October (10:30-12:45) at Velocity, and Tuesday Oct 25 & Nov 1 (9:30-1:30) at Fremont Abbey. 1 additional weekend rehearsal is possible. Tech week is Nov 7-10, Performances Nov 11-12, 18-19 at Velocity. 

ALANA O’FARRELL ROGERS is the artistic director of Alana O Rogers Dance Company. After studying dance in Ireland, France, New York, and Massachusetts, she returned to Seattle in 2000 where she has been making dance works ever since. As an artist, Alana is interested in the human condition, culture, science, and the natural world. She believes in the power of art to leave etchings on our collective experience that remain after the viewing has past. Her choreography has been commissioned by ChopShop, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, the BOOST Dance Festival, and the Seattle International Dance Festival, among others. She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, a career that has allowed her to meld her passions of movement and science. www.alanaorogers.org

 

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: RACHAEL LINCOLN
SAT JULY 23 / 11 – 1:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
 

Lincoln’s workshop explores the duet form with particular attention to attunement in performance. Participants will improvise, learn solo and partnered material, animate objects, and work with structured scores of mundane virtuosity and precise physicality.

This workshop will serve as an audition for one to two dancers needed to understudy and perform “an attic an exit,” an evening length duet by Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters. Selected dancer/s will perform once during a two-week run at ACT Theater Oct. 26-Nov. 6th and must be available to tour Nov. 7-13th.

In addition, Lincoln is looking for up to 5 dancers for a new work beginning in 2017.

Cited by Dance View Times as a “fresh, literate director with a mastery of dramatic timing,” RACHAEL LINCOLN has been making physical dance theater since 1997. Her work has been presented in venues including Sopiensaele Theater in Berlin, Theater Artaud in San Francisco, The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Bytom Dance Festival in Poland, UCLA, and The Indonesian Dance Festival. Lincoln was a member of The Joe Goode Performance Group and Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions, and has collaborated with Sara Shelton Mann, Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Kim Epifano in the US and with wee dance company, Sommer Ulrickson, and Jess Curtis in Berlin. With Leslie Seiters, she is co-founder and co-director of the duet company Lean-to-Productions. Rachael has been a member of Bandaloop since 1998 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the dance program at The University of Washington.

Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters’ collaboration spans two decades. Intent on expanding definitions of dance, they choreograph movement, props, rigging, and sound to engage their audiences in an evocative aesthetic experience. In the worlds they create, movement becomes language, objects become characters, and everyday logic is suspended. With equal concern for precision and wonder, Lincoln and Seiters integrate influences from contemporary dance, visual art, fiction, aerial dance, and theater.

 

Kravasplaythingstair-2WORKSHOP + AUDITION: HEATHER KRAVAS
FRI JULY 8 / 4:30 – 6:30PM
SAT JULY 9 / 2:30 – 6:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave

 

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This workshop/audition will focus on repetitive actions and their potential to change meaning for the performer and spectator. We will shake, stomp, and tendu durationally, allowing ourselves to move and be moved. We will utilize obsessive/compulsive structures to push our words and movements beyond the recognizable. Paying close attention to how gender may be expressed and repressed, we will examine the performance of feminine and masculine as a daily activity and formal dance.

 

HEATHER KRAVAS is a Seattle-based choreographer and performing artist investigating choreographic, improvisation, and collaborative practices in contemporary dance to explore the limits of choreography. Her work has been presented inter/nationally including On the Boards, American Realness, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, and P.S. 122.

 

Her upcoming project, visions of beauty, through accident, failure, and poetry, aims to undermine preconceptions of power and masculinity. visions of beauty is a Creative Capital project, co-produced by On the Boards and P.S. 122. It premieres at On the Boards March 2017.

 

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MASTER CLASS/AUDITION SERIES: PETRA ZANKI
SAT JUNE 18 / 9:30-11:30AM
(Steward 9:30-10:30 / Kawasaki 10:30-11:30)
SAT JUNE 25 / 10:30-11:45AM (Kawasaki)
with post-masterclass discussion 12-12:30PM (Steward)
$15 / $12 MVP each day
cash/check/class card 

This two-day audition and dance workshop is about utilizing physicality, concept, and dance dramaturgy to create intelligible, and visually captivating dance proposals. The participants will become familiar with the material for the performance “365” that is scheduled to premier this Fall. We will create short solo proposals, and interact with the images, text, light, and music that appear in the original work. We will also create collaborative dance scores for each other, and create new dance material in collaboration. The concept of movement dramaturgy will be introduced and highly reflected in this workshop.

Participants will be considered for the evening dance production that will premiere at Velocity on September 1st – 2nd of 2016 as well as for a full-evening production, and a site-specific planned for 2017. Petra looks to work with dancers with the strong dance technique, who are curious and interested in exploring the movement outside of their dance safety zones. The dancers with the affinity for movement research, visual sensibility, and concept-thinking, are highly encouraged to apply. Some home preparation will be required.

PETRA ZANKI is a dance and performance maker who studied movement with renown choreographers and performing artists such as Emio Greco, Jonathan Burrows, Patricia Bardi, Goat Island, Sjord Vreugdenhil (Forsythe Improv Technologies), Deufert & Plischke, and Gob Squad. In 2010 Petra was awarded the best Croatian choreographer at XI. Platform of Young Choreographers, and from 2011 to 2013 was artist-in-residence at the Zagreb Dance Center. In 2012 she was selected among six European choreographers to receive the two-year choreography scholarship SPAZIO from HIPP and The ICK- Amsterdam of Emio Greco. Her dance and theatre works were presented on festivals and venues across Europe, in the US, and Australia. In the US she collaborated with On The Boards, La Mama, Velocity, and PS122.

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12417585_10206669920398935_3685244349500084072_nWORKSHOP SERIES: PARTNERING withERIN CARDINAL
SUN MAY 29 + JUN 5 + 12 + 19 / 2-3PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$40 / $32 MVP / day drop ins $15 / $12 MVP
drop ins are cash/check/class card only

 

Erin’s partnering technique is the result of an intense study of what lies beneath the methods and approaches to various partnering choreography. The research and development has been translated into a technique class in order to share these essential skills needed to develop an individualized understanding of partnering while maintaining safety, promoting longevity and the shared experience of how to truly partner another. Putting aesthetic and movement vocabulary aside, we will address some of the essential elements such as stability, timing and kinesthetic awareness of both dancers. Building on the elements found in contact improvisation, we will learn the basics of sharing weight: how to lift and how to be lifted. We will explore the endless balance points of their partner’s landscape, counterbalances, cantilevers and supports throughout the body. This artful scientific approach to partnering can be implemented into any genre—from ballet to tango to modern dance.

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: BIANCA CABRERA
FRI JUNE 10 / 9:30-11:30AM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP
cash/check/credit card/class card

Technical Practice for the Adventurous Dancer is a Radical and Reverent Technique class.

Take up space like a tiger and move stealthily through a fierce, focused flow that wakes up awareness of innate kinetic sensibilities. Attack and risk will nuzzle up to graceful extension and freedom in the joints. Develop honing techniques, explore patient yet pleasure-seeking response systems, learn tactics for staying pliant and resourceful and build strategies in tone, extension, instability, risk and rebound. Floor work and inversions are emphasized and connected to sound vertical alignment. Nosh on fat, beefy phrases, fill up on fierce expressivity and chew on ideas about creating a larger context for the joy of being in the body. With a teaching philosophy rooted in authorship, interpretation and integration, Cabrera’s classes illuminate and amplify the tenor of the body through expressive prowess. 

BIANCA CABRERA is a Bay Area based teacher, dancemaker and performer.  Driven by the bias Bacchus before Buddha, her work is informed by a vibrant amalgamation of baton twirling, go-go dancing and cabaret as well as her professional dance education. She received early training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and later studied at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center and Point Park College, before receiving her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Her extensive performing career includes work with celebrated dance artists and companies: Lingo Dance/KT Niehoff, Paige Barnes, Amii LeGendre, Ricki Mason, Kristen Tsiatsios, Kim Epifano, LevyDance and Christine Bonansea among many others. She has created 7 fun length works between 2012 – 2016 with her company Blind Tiger Society, enjoying performances and commissions for ODC Theater, CounterPulse, vîv, SAFEHouse Arts, SIDF and Links Hall. Cabrera is a two-time participant of ODC’s Pilot program in San Francisco and has been awarded residencies from Bandaloop Studio, LEVYstudio, The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts and 10 Degrees. Her work has been nominated for a 2014 Soul of Oakland award and has been supported through the Fleishhacker and Rainin Foundations. www.blindtigersociety.com

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: WHIM W’HIM
SAT JUN 4 / 2-4PM
Velocity Kawasaki and Founders Studios 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP
cash/check/class card only

Explore the work of guest choreographer James Gregg. Warm up is led by Whim W’Him dancer Thomas Phelan and then the choreographer takes over. Participants will learn an excerpt from their new creation, which will premiere at Whim W’Him’s June production, OUT-spoken.

THOMAS PHELAN—originally from Fort Collins, CO, where he received his BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. He danced for Alaska Dance Theater in Anchorage and Whim W’Him since 2014. Since living in Seattle Thomas has had opportunities performing with Ballet Bellevue, Alana Rogers, The Robbie Turner Review, The House of Verlaine, Olympic Ballet Theatre, and International Ballet Theatre.

 

JAMES GREGG was raised in Oklahoma and started dancing at the age of nine. He trained with Ballet Oklahoma, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Edge Performing Arts Center (LA), and Lou Conte Dance Studio. James moved to Chicago to dance with River North Chicago Dance Company in 1999. He was with RNCDC for several years before moving to Montréal, where he danced with Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal. He has performed the works of many renowned choreographers including Aszure Barton, Mauro Bigonzetti, Frank Chaves, Danny Ezralow, Harrison McEldowney, Mia Michaels, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Crystal Pite, and Edgar Zendajas. James started choreographing as a youngster in school but really found his passion when he arrived in Chicago, where he dove into working with different dancers and companies. He has set works on River North Chicago Dance Company, Northwest Dance Project’s Pretty Creatives Competition, Les Ballet Jazz Workshop, and for Springboard Danse Project.

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: DYLAN WARD
Applying Method
FRI MAY 27 / 4-7PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$30 full / $24 MVP / 3hrs of volunteering at V2

Join Ward in a simple movement/dance workshop about acquiring, processing, and utilizing performance methods and concepts from varied physical practices in Theater and Dance. Participants will learn choreography, create original group performance events in collaborative process, and will approach text. 

Participants will be considered for upcoming Sleep Nod projects, including the performance of “JONAH” at INKA gallery in July, the workshop of “Burnt Offering,” a new play by Denver playwright Dakota Hill, and “Sophia,” a dance choreographed by Ward at a month long residency at BASE, a new arts space in Georgetown, and the projected full production of these works in early 2017. 

Sleep Nod seeks to work with both dancers and actors and the workshop will be structured to allow all to display their strengths.

Dylan Ward is a dance/theater/film maker operating under the project name Sleep Nod.  He has produced original performance work, interventions and film for over a decade in Denver, CO, Cusco and Lima, Peru, and Seattle, WA, and has received support, awards and residencies from the Martin Family Foundation, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the University of Washington departments of Dance and Drama, Velocity Dance Center, Base, and the Glenn Kawasaki Foundation. Sleep Nod offers special thanks to Case van Rij, Jerry O’ Leary, Steven Ripley, Jennifer Salk and many more individual supporters. 

 

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: MARY SHELDON SCOTT
SAT APR 23 / 2-5PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$25 / $20 MVP

 

Beginning with a structured improvisational warm-up, Scott’s workshop examines the solo form through a series of choreographed phrases, action words and visual scores. Material from Scott/Powell’s Made in Seattle commission, The SOLO(s) Project, will form a key resource for our investigations. Tools for manipulating and developing material for performance will underscore our work. This workshop serves as an audition to identify an 8th soloist for the project.  

Scott: “As a choreographer I have been exploring the solo form for the 22-plus years of Scott/Powell’s history, with many of these solos embedded within the framework of larger group structures. The SOLO(s) Project allows me to isolate, question and test the solo form through diverse creation tools including transposing and recasting fragments of past choreography, using visual scores constructed from still images to inspire movement invention, one-on-one engagements within defined processes with each of the solo performers, and my own visceral response to carefully selected action words with physical outcomes. Explorations with costume artifacts, props, and set pieces form a key part of my exploration. Each solo is intended to be a separate act – and one of the key challenges I face in this project is ensuring that each story holds to a unique sense of character, energy, place.”

The SOLO(s) Project is a multi-media performance concept by choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott and composer Jarrad Powell. Built in intensive one-on-one rehearsals with eight performers over 7 months, SOLO(s) unfolds through three distinct experiments – a proscenium performance featuring eight unique dance solos, site-specific events that explore the transposition of select solos into Pacific Northwest landscapes, and dance-on-film experiments that explore the translation of individual solos into the medium of film.  The eight soloists include Mark Haim, Jade Solomon Curtis, Alice Gosti, Corrie Befort, Jim Kent and Linsyanne Owen. SOLO(s) is a Made in Seattle project commissioned by Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center and supported in part through grants from 4Culture and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture/Seattle.  SOLO(s) premieres November 3-6, 2016 at Velocity Dance Center.

 

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTACT IMPROV with Kaitlin McCarthy
SUN APR 17 + 24 + MAY 1 + 8 / 2-3PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave

Part social dance, part physics lesson, part anarchy—come experience Contact Improvisation! This open-ended and non-hierarchical dance form is based on a few concepts that lead to endless creativity. Designed to give students the physical and social tools to enter the “jam” setting, this four week series will develop physical listening through the point of contact, introduce basic weight sharing, and build to spontaneous physical dialogue though internal sensing, observation of weight, and organic development of touch in a supportive environment. This class includes admission to Velocity’s weekly movement jam, directly following class. All bodies are welcome, anyone with specific needs please contact instructor in advance (kaitmccarthy@gmail.com). Great for those totally new to the form.

 

 

 

 

_MG_0909WORKSHOP + AUDITION: KARIN STEVENS DANCE
The Art and Practice of Movement
WED APR 13 / 12-3PM
THURS APR 14 / 3-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$30 one day / $25 MVP/ $45 both days

 

Explore movement practices that open you to your deepest potential to create, unwinding unnecessary tension and obstacles within to engage with your most curious and fully aligned body-self. Move beyond practice into the development of movement art; generating connections to ideas, to others, and to the beauty of our complex existence. This workshop will involve some of the ideas and choreographic structures in (re)MOVE: (re)TURN, KSD’s upcoming April new work. Join us in this moving, intellectual, playful and lively environment! ***Please bring your phone if it has a video recording ability.

AUDITION:

KSD is looking for dancers to join upcoming paid projects for fall 2016 and 2017. Please send a resume and photo to karinstevensdance@gmail.com. Call backs are MAY 4 / 12-3PM. 

Karin Stevens Dance is a 501c3 that was formed in 2009. KSD works capture the breadth of the human moving experience and embody the complex layers of our cultural spaces, time and relationship to nature.www.karinstevensdance.com

 

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: KT NIEHOFF
REINVENT YOUR EYE
MAR 31+APR 7 / 5:30-8:30PM
APR 2+9 / 12-3PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave

This work uses improvisational scores to examine the components associated with creating non-linear, non-narrative performance art. Structures are designed to dissect elements such as personal movement vocabulary, space / architecture, theatrical elements, time / timing, identification of an idea and development, risk and wild card. Participants focus on defining each element’s parameters and universal properties, as well as individual likes / dislikes and aesthetics. Over time the elements combined in multiple configurations, allowing the work to develop in complexity and possibility. Because the class uses improvisational scores as the exploration device, the group also focuses on working effectively with an ensemble, maximizing opportunities for intelligent, in the moment decision-making, or spontaneous composition.

Each day consists of interactive scores, watching of improvised material and time for evaluation and assessing the work amongst one another. Artists in all disciplines (e.g. writing, visual art, music, film, etc.) are welcome. Discourse around how to modify, develop and share these structures across disciplines will be encouraged.

I give thanks to the visionary minds and work of Katie Duck, Nina Martin and Wendel Beavers, whom I have had the great fortune of studying with and who have deeply influenced my own working process. I also thank the multiple groups of disparate artists who have helped me develop this material in Seattle, as well as residencies at MANCC in Tallahassee, FL, Oberlin College in Ohio, Estudio 3 in Madrid, the SNDO in Amsterdam and the University of Washington.

 

 

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THE VELOCITY SESSIONS
WORKSHOP SERIES: JANE COMFORT

Community Performance
TUES APR 5 / 3-6PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$25 / $20 MVP / FREE for Jane Comfort + Co Ticket Holders

 

This workshop will focus on how to make a performance piece that deals with social issues. Warm up activities include acting and movement improvisations which are followed by discussions of structural options for performance and the social issues involved. Small groups or individuals develop short pieces which are shared with the group.

Get your tickets for Jane Comfort and Company at UW Meany Hall APR 7-9 >>
Ticket holders may take the Workshop for FREE.

The Velocity Sessions is a partnership with UW World Series.

 

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WORKSHOP + AUDITION: KATE WALLICH’S INDUSTRIAL BALLET
FRI MAR 18 / 5-8PM
V2 1525 11th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP // Ages 16+
Dancers/Performers needed for large group durational / experiential performance throughout the show.

Learn material + process from Kate Wallich’s Industrial Ballet, and audition to be a part of the premiere performance at the Moore Theatre on March 26. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register, and wear all black + shoes you feel comfortable dancing in.

Performers need to be available for rehearsals and performance:
FRI MAR 25 // 5-9PM
SAT MAR 26 // 1-9:30PM

 

 

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: KEITH HENNESSY
STATES, TASKS, RITUALS
SAT MAR 12 / 1-5PM
University of Washington Dance Department Meany Hall
Suggested Donation, sliding scale $30-$48 / Current UW Students FREE
Four hours of dancing aka body experiments aka kinetic meditations and bodily actions aka a dance class for (angry hurt anxious sad) people. Moving and talking about contemporary dance in the (apocalyptic) era of neoliberal crisis, permanent war, fascist democracy, and the white supremacist capitalist heterocispatriarchy that motivates #blacklivesmatter.

 

 

 

 

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THE VELOCITY SESSIONS

MASTER CLASS SERIES + CONVERSATION: TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY
WED FEB 3 // MASTER CLASS 9:30-11:15AM / CONVERSATION 11:30AM-1PM

Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP / FREE for TBDC Ticket Holders

The Master Class will begin with a warm up concentrating on clarity and freedom of movement, which is then applied to learning Brown’s movement vocabulary through phrases from TBDC repertory. Emphasis is placed on learning movement as the Company does, with attention to detail, spatial clarity, performance quality, and dancing with others.

Directly following the master class, stay for a conversation with Associate Artistic Directors of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (Carolyn Lucas and Diane Madden) and BANDALOOP Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph. The discussion will focus on the creation and performance of site-specific work, including a discussion of Trisha Brown’s pioneering leadership in this field with Early Works such as “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building” (1970) (to be performed by BANDALOOP at Meany Hall on Friday, Feb 5), and the newest iteration of the Trisha Brown Dance Company “ Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” which mines and recombines material from Brown’s vast repertory to accommodate the unique spatial demands of a particular venue (such as the Seattle Art Museum on Saturday, February 6, at 2pm).

Get your tickets for Trisha Brown Dance Company at UW Meany Hall FEB 4-6 >>
Ticket holders may take the Master Class for FREE.

The Velocity Sessions is a partnership with UW World Series.

 

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: WHIM W’HIM
JAN 9 / 12-2PM with MARK HAIM
JAN 16 / 2-4PM with DOMINIC WALSH

Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

Explore the new contemporary dance works premiering at Whim W’Him’s January production, IN-spired. Whim W’Him dancer Thomas Phelan will lead a fun warm up and then the choreographers take over. Mark Haim leads class on 1/9 and Dominic Walsh leads class on 1/16. Join the Facebook event >>

THOMAS PHELAN—originally from Fort Collins, CO, where he received his BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. He danced for Alaska Dance Theater in Anchorage and Whim W’Him since 2014. Since living in Seattle Thomas has had opportunities performing with Ballet Bellevue, Alana Rogers, The Robbie Turner Review, The House of Verlaine, Olympic Ballet Theatre, and International Ballet Theatre.

DOMINIC WALSH—Dominic Walsh is world renowned Choreographer and former Founder/Director of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (2002-2015). As a principal dancer with Houston Ballet for over a decade, Dominic Walsh received national and international praise for his interpretations of both classical and contemporary roles. Walsh burst onto the choreographic scene when he won the prestigious Choo-San Goh Award in 1998, and he is now hailed as a leading choreographer who is pushing the boundaries of ballet into new realms of theatricality. He won a second Choo-San Goh Award in 2007 and received a Princess Grace Award in 2008.

MARK HAIM—Mark Haim has been making dances and teaching for over 30 years. Born in New York City, he attended Juilliard, began choreographing, and received his BFA and MFA. He directed Mark Haim & Dancers and the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa. He created new works for many dance companies in the US, Europe, and Asia, as well as numerous university dance departments throughout the US. Mark was a Senior Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington (2002-2008), Visiting Associate Professor at Reed College, and was on the faculty at the American Dance Festival and NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. He has guest taught in schools around the world. He is the recipient of NYFA Choreographers Fellowship (1987), NEA Choreographers Fellowship (1988 and 1996), and the Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon Fellowship for Choreography.

www.whimwhim.org

 

 

 

2015 master classes + WORKSHOPS

 

Choreography by Matija FerlinWORKSHOP SERIES: ERICA BADGELEY
EVERYTHING IS MATERIAL
DEC 23 / 6-8PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

ERICA BADGELEY has spent the last year creating and performing work by up-and-coming choreographers in Europe, a generation birthed from companies and schools like Rosas, Sasha Waltz, Akram Kahn, P.A.R.T.S., SNDO and SEAD. Through physical tasks and exercises, Erica will share processes she experienced in Europe, along with discussion of the new ways the choreographers have evolved their history.

As Tonya Lockyer has aptly observed, we can still see the stem of most of this work originating in the 1970s Judson Dance Theater in New York. Thus the title: Everything is Material. Join this physical workshop and discussion on European Dance today, and why the cross-continental evolution of American post-modern dance may have had less traction in our own American dance evolution.

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DEC 3 + 4 / 3-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $45 Full Workshop / $39 MVP / $30 drop-in

We will research and develop the tools required of today’s versatile contemporary dancer and deepen our understanding of what it means to be an artist + athlete. We will focus on impulse, sensation and technique.

We will generate and perform choreographic material. We will sweat, seek pleasure and inspire one another.

PATRICK KILBANE is from Bainbridge Island, WA. He trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet and others. After being exposed to contemporary dance Patrick joined NW Dance Project in Portland, OR where he danced for 6 seasons and worked with an incredible array of international dance makers. He is thrilled to be back in Seattle working as a freelance performance artist, choreographer and teacher. Patrick dances with Kate Wallich + The YC and will be joining Whim W’him as a company member this fall.

 

StephanieSalandMASTER CLASS SERIES: STEPHANIE SALAND
WEDS / 4:30-6PM
Velocity Steward Studio: SEPT 16
Velocity Kawasaki Studio: SEPT 30 / 
OCT 7, 14, 21, 28 / NOV 11, 25 / DEC 2

Ballet Master Class Series: Stephanie playfully offers classes that are ballet “revisited”… integrating the contemporary spirit with a historic form. The classes are a reflection of life… an ever changing and porous investigation. We create tasks and use unique images that help to understand anatomy. The lessons evolve around rich spatial and textural approaches and tools, Encouraging curiosity, and exploring risk is factored in. Sequences are patterned structurally and musically to awaken and maintain a taste for lush and precise articulation. Many of the exercises are woven with the work inventive work of Eva Nemeth, as well as other aspects from Qi Gong, Body Balancing and Gyrotonics. These influences play out quickly. Shifts and expansion are palpable. Focus and intention are honed in the room. More is more.

STEPHANIE SALAND performed as a principal dancer with the NYC Ballet for 21 years under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Based in Seattle and teaching freelance now for 21 years, she continues to explore movement in all ways and has developed a unique and multifaceted approach to dance and life at large. The myriad riches for education in New York: from teachers such as Stanley Williams, Maggie Black, and her colleague Gelsey Kirkland. She was there for the initial pangs of Gyrotonics which fed into the nuance of technique and specificity. She was and is equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet modalities and offers a class that is synthesis and creative response to the valuable aspects of these systems.

 

A Wooden Tree_London2013_ElaineMayson_78MASTER CLASS SERIES + SUMMER INTENSIVE AUDITION: MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
SAT NOV 21 / 10:30AM-NOON
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

Mark Morris Dance Group conducts a class where dancers will explore the innovative and challenging work of choreographer Mark Morris. This class is a modern dance technique class which will conclude with learning sections of MMDG repertory. Students will also have an opportunity to audition for the 2016 Mark Morris Summer Intensives in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more please email studentprograms@stgpresnts.org.

Presented in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group.
Seattle Theare Group presents Mark Morris Dance Group at The Moore Theatre Nov 20-22. More info >>
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zj-C+S#1-byjunipershuey-2056WORKSHOP SERIES: ZOE SCOFIELD
NOV 13 / 12-4PM
NOV 14 / 2-4PM
Velocity Kawasaki + Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $65 Full Workshop / $56 MVP / $45 Friday drop-in / $25 Saturday drop-in

zoe | juniper classes utilize a somatic approach to technique. Classes are physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging; a space where product orientated results takes rest and active experience reigns. We combine musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancers’ potential. As a teacher, it is Zoe’s desire to help students foster a body that is available, aware and in command of its’ senses, intuition and physicality.

ZOE SCOFIELD is the Co-artistic Director of zoe|juniper. She has received a Guggenhem Fellowship, Stranger’s Genius Award, National Dance Project Tour Support, The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trusts GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award, City Arts Innovator Award, Seattle Magazine’s Spotlight Award, Alpert Award Residency and the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography and Special Project Awards. zoe|juniper’s  work has been presented/commissioned by universities, galleries, theaters and dance companies all over the country. Their newest work, BeginAgain premiered at On the Boards & is being presented at The Joyce/3 Legged Dog, PS 122 COIL Festival & Baryshnikov Arts Center, REDCAT, Danceplace and Fringe Arts, 2014-2015. www.zoejuniper.org

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES + AUDITION: ALICE GOSTI

OCT 23 + 24 / 2-5PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $45 Full Workshop / $39 MVP / $30 drop-in

Within a creative energetic workshop/audition, investigate and explore movement materials and improvisation scores around the primary themes of Alice’s new body of work, inspired by ideas of object based identity; water as a natural element, spiritual/cyclical entity, transitional space, and port; collective resistance, history and identity.  As Chuck Palahniuk says – “the things you own end up owning you.”

Alice is currently in the very beginning creation of two new immersive durational performance spectacles. Dancers will be selected to research and perform in Alice’s next project, with the possibility of multiple performances and touring. Workshop proceeds go directly into this project. Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition!

ALICE GOSTI is an Italian-American architect of experiences. While her background is mostly in dance and choreography she uses all media to create a cohesive environment in which the viewer is invited to both experience and perform. She has received the Bossak/Heilbron charitable foundation – Individual Artist Award, Artist Trusts GAP Grant, Seattle Office of the Arts and Culture – Individual Artists Project Award, the Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance Award and she is a Mary Gates Venture Scholar. Alice has received the prestigious danceWEB scholarship and was selected as a director for the Intiman’s first Emerging Artist Program. Alice Gosti’s work has been presented/commissioned by universities, galleries, theaters and festivals worldwide. Her latest work How to become a partisan was presented, commissioned and produced by Velocity’s Made in Seattle new dance development program and AiR Program. www.gostia.com

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: SIDRA BELL
Contemporary Systems- an interior & material approach to movement by Sidra Bell
OCT 2 / 4:30-6:30PM
OCT 3 + 10 / 12-3PM
Velocity Founders Studio
1621 12th Ave
$100 Full Workshop / $30 drop-in (Oct 2) + $45 drop-in (Oct 3 + 10)

In Contemporary Systems, Bell encourages provocative thought and an immersive approach to the subject matter of the body. Her work demands a high degree of physicality and input from the dancers, encouraging them to execute movement with intention, curiosity, sustainability, and empathy. “Bell’s dance-theater works are intensely physical, concentrated and mysterious- yet they reveal the inner aspects of the performers with startling clarity”– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SIDRA BELL DANCE NEW YORK is rapidly gaining an international profile for work that reveals aspects of the human condition through a distinctly female lens. Bell’s creations have been described as, “brainy, exuberant, and audacious.” (San Francisco Chronicle). The work demands both physical power and tender expressiveness from her crack ensemble of “fearless and technically honed dancers” (Vancouver’s Georgia Straight). The Company has performed extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, and South America. It was listed as “#1 in Contemporary Dance” by the Pittsburgh Examiner (2014), as one of ArtsATL’s “Notable Dance Performances” (2012), and in the “Top 10 for Best in Dance” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2010). Bell’s process is intuitive, collaborative, and emphasizes the integration of multiple design elements. Her work combines design, media, and fashion creating a singular vision in contemporary dance. SIDRA BELL (Artistic Director), is a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and was an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University (Indiana) and Barnard College (NYC). She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College. Ms. Bell has won several awards, including a notable 1st Prize for Choreography at the International Solo-Tanz Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and has produced over 100 new works. Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film “TEST” set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis. The movie was nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award. “TEST” was also awarded two grand jury prizes from the Los Angeles Outfest and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The film has had many screenings at LGBT festivals worldwide and is enjoying an international theatrical run. She was recently named one of 50 outstanding artists living or working in Westchester County as part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th Anniversary. SBDNY has an extensive educational and mentorship program and works with institutions for dance and theater internationally with a particular emphasis on young artist development.

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES: ANNA CONNER // BABETTE DELAFAYETTE + JOHN MARC POWELL
Activated Environments
OCT 3 / 11AM-12PM + 12-2PM
Velocity at Love City Love 1919 3rd Ave
FREE

Made in Seattle artists Anna Conner and Babette DeLafayette share a glimpse into their respective creative processes. Learn more about Made in Seattle.

ANNA CONNER / 11-12PM
OSHO inspired mediation practices blindfolded
Inspired by Osho’s Dynamic Meditation, this blindfolded workshop will focus on breaking old patterns in an intense, vulnerable and fast hour in five stages.

BABETTE DELAFAYETTE + JOHN MARC POWELL / 12-2PM
Activated Environments
In this workshop series DeLafayette will work alongside individuals to build an activated environment within the body; re-creating and displacing bodily borders that make up your internal and external self. DeLafayette will guide individuals through meditative, visual, and stillness practices to build a new inner landscape from which a stronger self can be found.

 

KT_DT-1 Matthew MurphyMASTER CLASS SERIES: KT NIEHOFF
Physical Practice: The Good Body
WEDS SEPT 9, 16, 23, 30 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

The heart of this class is a holistic organization of the dancer as a body, human and artist. The intellectual goal is to cultivate smart, open minded, unique artists capable of engaging in artistic dialogue. The physical goal is to foster complete freedom of expression, awareness/safety and an innate understanding of one’s own body.

Passive Sequencing promotes joint range of motion, Partner Work reinforces the advantages of rebounding in relation to gravity, and concepts of directional energy relate to how tension, counter tension, momentum and torque can be used to their fullest advantage. We practice the fine balance of having an inner dialogue with the biology while simultaneously maintaining an external awareness and work to contextualize the political, personal and artistic meaning behind why we move, in order to find a deeper resonance when we move.

“When teaching on-going technique classes my goal is to create an atmosphere that allows for personal practice in a community context. It is important for professional dancers to harness our energy on a regular basis, reminding us of our collective power to go forth and make dance. Class is a simple, on-going way of cultivating this strength. I have been teaching advanced physical practice for over 20 years, and it continues to be a source of delight, inspiration and spirituality.”

KT NIEHOFF is an entrepreneurial generative artist, performer and producer working in the field of multi-disciplinary, new performance. Her creative pursuits focus on audience/artist/ proximity, resulting in the majority of her work happening in non-traditional spaces. Niehoff is a veteran teacher of contemporary technique, composition and improvisation. For over 15 years she has taught throughout the U.S. and abroad – Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Oberlin College, Cornish College of the Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Washington, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, The SNDO Amsterdam – to name a few. From 1996-2006 she was the Director and co-founder of Velocity Dance Center and in 2011 opened her own creative research space on Capitol Hill called 10 degrees.

Photo by Matthew Murphy


Lou queer walkWORKSHOP SERIES: LOU HENRY HOOVER
Queer Collaborations:  A Workshop/Conversation with Lou Henry Hoover
SEPT 19 / 12-1PM
Velocity Steward Studio 
1621 12th Ave
FREE

This hour long workshop is free and open to all disciplines of artists and arts enthusiasts.  We will use exercises and games out of my own collaborative processes to find performative moments that are unique to the alchemy of the workshop participants.  These pairings will be a jumping off point for a conversation about “queer art making,” community, identity, and collaboration at large. All sexual orientations and gender identities welcome!

LOU HENRY HOOVER

, purveyor of “hilarious dance magic,” has been referred to by The Seattle Stranger as “a treasure beyond measure, a genius, a jewel, a muse.” Lou is 1/2 of Kitten N’ Lou (with Kitten LaRue), 1/3 of DeLouRue Presents (with BenDeLaCreme), and recently made his television debut dancing with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in their PBS Great Performances Series live concert “Cheek to Cheek.” Lou has had a decade long career in both contemporary dance and cabaret performance including extensive work with Cherdonna Shinatra, and has been passionate about teaching dance for just as long.

This workshop is being presented as part of Kitten N’ Lou: OVEREXPOSED!, a project supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.Photo by Matt Baume of collaboration between John Criscitello, BenDeLaCreme, Lou Henry Hoover, Kitten LaRue, and a community of Queers.

 

001-Bamberg-Fine-Art-6-10-15-Rehearsal-Magee_resizeMASTER CLASS SERIES: WHIM W’HIM
SAT 
SEPT 5 + 19 / 2-4PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

These energetic and diverse classes explore the new contemporary dance works premiering in September 2015 at Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig. Join Whim W’Him dancer Thomas Phelan for a fun warm up complete with calisthenics, yoga, ballet, and more. Then, the choreographers will take over and explore their process, base phrases, and intricate details and motivations behind their movement. Participants will learn excerpts from these new works, before they are seen on the stage. Class on 9/5 will be lead by award winning, Switzerland-based Ihsan Rustem and by Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers on 9/19. Participants in both classes receive a discount code to attend the performances.

Thomas Phelan—originally from Fort Collins, CO, where he received his BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. He dacned for Alaska Dance Theater in Anchorage and Whim W’Him since 2014. Since living in Seattle Thomas has had opportunities performing with Ballet Bellevue, Alana Rogers, The Robbie Turner Review, The House of Verlaine, Olympic Ballet Theatre, and International Ballet Theatre.

Ihsan Rustem – Born in London, Ihsan trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He has danced with Matthew Bourne, Introdans, Berne Ballet, BallettTheater Munich, and Tanz Luzerner Theater. He created ‘State of Matter’ for the Northwest Dance Project, which won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest. He has created works all over the world but this will be his first work for Seattle and Whim W’Him.

Olivier Wevers– Dedicated to creating works of artistic innovation and collaboration, Brussels-born Olivier founded Whim W’Him in 2009. He was a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Wevers has received numerous awards and recognition including the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship, City of Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, the grand prize award an unprecedented two years in a row at the annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California, ArtistTrust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award, participant in the National Choreographers Initiative and the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.

www.whimwhim.org

StephanieSalandMASTER CLASS SERIES: STEPHANIE SALAND
THURSDAYS May 21 + Jun 4, 11, 25 / 4:30-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio
 1621 12th Ave

Ballet Master Class Series: Stephanie playfully offers classes that are ballet “revisited”… integrating the contemporary spirit with a historic form. The classes are a reflection of life… an ever changing and porous investigation. We create tasks and use unique images that help to understand anatomy. The lessons evolve around rich spatial and textural approaches and tools, Encouraging curiosity, and exploring risk is factored in. Sequences are patterned structurally and musically to awaken and maintain a taste for lush and precise articulation. Many of the exercises are woven with the work inventive work of Eva Nemeth, as well as other aspects from Qi Gong, Body Balancing and Gyrotonics. These influences play out quickly. Shifts and expansion are palpable. Focus and intention are honed. in the room. More is more.

STEPHANIE SALAND performed as a principal dancer with the NYC Ballet for 21 years under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Based in Seattle and teaching freelance now for 21 years, she continues to explore movement in all ways and has developed a unique and multifaceted approach to dance and life at large. The myriad riches for education in New York: from teachers such as Stanley Williams, Maggie Black, and her colleague Gelsey Kirkland. She was there for the initial pangs of Gyrotonics which fed into the nuance of technique and specificity. She was and is equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet modalities and offers a class that is synthesis and creative response to the valuable aspects of these systems.

Danielle_Agami_HeadshotMASTER CLASS SERIES: ATE9 with DANIELLE AGAMI
JUNE 18 + 20 / 12-1:15PM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

Join Danielle Agami (Artistic Director) and Ate9 company members for special Master Classes inspired by Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s movement language. Gaga is a practice of research and discovery that brings new possibilities and healing to the body through constant and mindful movement. Using imagery to guide students through improvisational tasks, Danielle encourages participants to experience a wide range of sensations from within the body. Class works to foster strength, flexibility, and sensitivity throughout the body and mind. Come get groovy, heal your body, and push your physical limits. Classes are open to dancers and all types of movers alike – new movers, voices, and faces enhance the experience in the studio and bring inspiration. Everyone is encouraged to join!

DANIELLE AGAMI: Originally born in Israel in 1984, Agami studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2002-2010. Between 2007-2009, Agami served as the artistic director of Batsheva Dancers Create and functioned as the company’s rehearsal director from 2008-2010, during which she received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance in 2009. In 2011 Agami relocated to New York City, where she functioned as Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A. In 2012, after relocating to Seattle, Agami founded Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY and a year later chose Los Angeles as the company’s home. During 2013 she presented TacTics forAte9, Shula in Israel, for the Batsheva Ensemble, This Time Tomorrow for NorthWest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, Loose Gravel  for Barak Ballet in L.A, and a unique collaboration with L.A. Dance Project for Invisible Cities by The Industry Opera. Agami is a renowned Gaga teacher and for the past few years, has been traveling across the world as an ambassador of Ohad Naharin. In the past few years Agami has staged Naharin’s work with  Alvin Ailey Company, Ballet Atlanta, Ita Dansa / Barcelona, The Juilliard School, and more.


MASTER CLASS SERIES: MATT DREWS
JUNE 16 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

Choreographer Matt Drews and sound artist Garek Jon Druss craft an all-levels master class to demystify the themes and structures embedded in The Weltgeist. An opportunity to access the conceptual and physical underbelly of the upcoming premiere. Live sound will be framed and utilized as a living entity; a palpable presence that will trigger and converse with a guided improvisation. The dancing body and the sound design become conduits for many textures, images, states, and rhythms. We will harness portions of choreography from the work to activate compositional perspectives between concrete physicality and abstract ideas. The choreographic and sonic trajectory of The Weltgeist will be unveiled as a structure in which set material collides with unbridled movement.

MATT DREWS is a movement artist who oscillates between the realms of dance, yoga + performance. His creative roles aqueous as choreographer, performer + teacher. He facilitates states of experience for bodies to investigate movement with a heightened lens toward healing, presence + ritual. He studied at Naropa University + holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. His work has been produced at Decibel Electronic Music Festival, On the Boards + Velocity Dance Center. He has collaborated with Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, tEEth Performance, Saint Genet, Kate Wallich + the YC, The Pendleton House + Modern Recollections. His new work, The Weltgeist was developed during Drews’ 2015 Creative Residency at Velocity Dance Center.

 

Lou jump Eric PaguioWORKSHOP SERIES: LOU HENRY HOOVER
Making Every Second Count (or, What I’ve Learned about Choreography in 5 Minute Increments)
JUNE 14 / 4:30-7PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER 
$25 drop-in / $21 MVP

This workshop will explore tools for delivering our movement ideas, images, and concepts to an audience with the greatest impact in the least time possible. The goal: to create meaningful, complete pieces that can be performed in 5 minutes or less. We will discuss how this dense and action-packed style of performance-making applies to longer work. This workshop is inspired by a career made up of 60 minute and 5 minute choreographies, and what I have learned from the extreme contrast between evening-length and cabaret formats.

LOU HENRY HOOVER, purveyor of “hilarious dance magic,” has been referred to by The Seattle Stranger as “a treasure beyond measure, a genius, a jewel, a muse.” Lou is 1/2 of Kitten N’ Lou (with Kitten LaRue), 1/3 of DeLouRue Presents (with BenDeLaCreme), and recently made his television debut dancing with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in their PBS Great Performances Series live concert “Cheek to Cheek.” Lou has had a decade long career in both contemporary dance and cabaret performance including extensive work with Cherdonna Shinatra, and has been passionate about teaching dance for just as long.

 

KSDStarry 75WORKSHOP SERIES + AUDITION: KARIN STEVENS DANCE
The Art and Practice of Movement
MAY 29 / 12-3PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $30 drop-in / $25 MVP

Explore movement practices that open you to your deepest potential to create, unwinding unnecessary tension and creating space in the body to engage with your most aligned body/self. Move beyond practice into the art of developing movement phrases. This workshop will explore KSD movement repertory, which stems from the belief that movement connects us to our fullest self and ideas, to others, and to the beauty of our complex existence. Join us in this playful and lively environment!

KSD is looking for dancers to join them for their upcoming show in October. Must be available for rehearsals starting in June (email karinstevensdance@gmail.com for more details).

Also seeking 1­-2 women + 1-­3 men for a new evening length work taking shape in the fall that will be presented in the winter of 2016.

Karin Stevens Dance is a 501c3 that was formed in 2009. KSD works capture the breadth of the human moving experience and embody the complex layers of our cultural spaces, time and relationship to nature. www.karinstevensdance.com

 

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BABETTE DELAFAYETTE + JOHN  MARC POWELL

MADE IN SEATTLE, FALL 2015
MAY 20 / 12-3PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $15 / $12 MVP

Seeking male dancers of all ages and backgrounds!

Upcoming Made In Seattle artists Babette DeLafayette and John Marc Powell are seeking a large cast of males to perform this fall in the premiere of their newest work. Diverse and large cast desired. Dancers cast should be prepared to be available June 8-25th for the first residency. Dancers cast will receive a stipend.

The three hour workshop will be catered towards building a strong sense of awareness, timing, and precision within a large group. Babette will teach repertory from the piece as well as develop new movement inside the workshop.

Choreographer/ Performance Artist BABETTE DELAFAYETTE and Visual/Music artist JOHN MARC POWELL have partnered to form a creative entity that encompasses their omni-disciplinary visions. Babette and John Marc’s work has been presented at Velocity, On The Boards, Cornish College Gallery & Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, LoveCityLove, Hedreen Gallery, Steel Gallery at Gage, LxWxH Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, and Benaroya Hall.

Photo by Tim Summers. Edited by John Marc Powell.

 

Glimmer3WORKSHOP SERIES + AUDITION: KT NIEHOFF
MAY 14 – 16 / 12-3PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
 $65 full workshop / $30 drop-in / $56 MVP

 

Join KT Niehoff for 3 days of risk taking, dancing, and fearless encounters.This Fall KT is remounting her 2010 masterpiece, A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light. In 2006, KT began investigating the relationship between audience, artist and proximity. This search led her to seek out environments that ask the performer and the witness to confront each other in more potent ways. A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light, in all its forms, is an outcropping of this search beginning with the premise that every interaction holds untapped potential, that can sculpt uncommon encounters, moody collisions, raucous spectacle and virtuoso dancing – asking for more resonant connection and embracing the success or failure that ensues. Niehoff is expanding her posse of vibrant performers and seeks 6-10 showgirls to perform in the remount of this work to be presented at ACT Theater.

 

KT NIEHOFF is a Seattle based artist who makes events, dances, music, films, classes, spaces and fosters creative communities. She was featured in Dance Magazine’s “International Women in Dance” (’08) and on the covers of Dance Teacher Magazine  (’12) and City Arts Seattle (’13). KT’s creative pursuits focus on audience/artist/ proximity, resulting in the majority of her work happening in non-traditional spaces. Her work has been presented throughout the U.S. and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, Germany and Canada and has received funding from The MAPFund, The NEA, The National Dance Project, The National Performance Network, and Seattle, King County and Washington State Arts Commissions. Niehoff is a veteran teacher of contemporary technique, composition and improvisation. For over 15 years she has taught throughout the U.S. and abroad – Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Oberlin College, Cornish College of the Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Washington, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, The SNDO Amsterdam – to name a few. From 1996-2006 she was the Director and co-founder of Velocity Dance Center and in 2011 opened her own creative research space on Capitol Hill called 10 degrees.
Photo by Kevin Kauer

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: WHIM W’HIM DANCE CO
SATURDAY / MAY 2, 9, 16 / 2-4PM
Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVPLearn excerpts from Whim W’Him’s upcoming production X-POSED. Join Whim W’Him dancer Thomas Phelan and the three choreographers as they lead dancers in a fun, energetic warm up complete with calisthenics, yoga, ballet, and more, which will then lead into exploring repertoire of Whim W’Him. Each class will focus on a different choreographer – Velocity regular Kate Wallich, Manuel Vignoulle from Switzerland, and Olivier Wevers, Artistic Director of Whim W’Him. We will discuss each choreographer’s process, base phrases, intricate details and motivation behind the movement. By the end of the series, students will learn excerpts from each of the new creations.THOMAS PHELAN After years of tutelage under Carol Roderick, Chung-Fu Chang, and Judy Bejarano, Thomas graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. He also has training in gymnastics, cheerleading, acro and diving. Thomas worked as an apprentice and eventually company member for Alaska Dance Theatre, before joining Whim W’Him.See X-POSED at Cornish Playhouse, May 29-31.
www.whimwhim.org

This Master Class Series is presented in partnership with Whim W’Him.
10670250_714606528594899_7298940880450645198_nWORKSHOP SERIES: MARK MITCHELL
JAN-APRIL / 11AM-4PM
Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave
NEW LOWER PRICE! $95 per one-day workshop or two classes for $150

Mark Mitchell is an artist and teacher with many years of experience teaching sewing workshops. He is best known for his work Burial, which was performed and exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in 2013. In 2014 Mark was added to The New Foundation Seattle’s Artist Program, which provides ongoing support for exhibitions and acquisitions for museums and other non-profit institutions. He was named Best Women’s Wear designer by the Seattle Weekly in 2013, and has had two Best of Seattle honors from Seattle Magazine. Mark has decades of experience in fine dressmaking and costume design, in addition to my fine-art work. You can learn more about him and his work by watching this award-winning documentary –
http://vimeo.com/61071067.

All workshops are $95 for the day, with most materials provided. Mark will serve bundt cake at lunch. In his words: “I make it myself that day, and it’s always really good.” For detailed class descriptions go to itsmarkmitchell.blogspot.com.

Delfos Danza-Photo-LoisGreenfieldMASTER CLASS SERIES: THE VELOCITY SESSIONS / DELFOS DANZA CONTEMPORANEA
WEDS APR 8 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

In this class, dancers will experience some of the training research that Lavista has developed as part of her artistic and pedagogical vision. You will explore exciting body dynamics and the flow/control of energy via the use of different principles such as: accumulation and expansion, the use of different trajectories, multi-dimensional and multi-directional use of the space, the floor work as tool/collaborator, breath as impulse for movement, body language articulation, circularity, sense of community, and the use of imagination as both a neuromuscular and emotional force. The main focus will be on the development of a natural and integrated body configuration and a free-flowing style of movement. Lavista’s dance approach fosters a deeper understanding of the individual body, thereby facilitating the use of instinct, sensory perception, connection and emotions in dance.

This Master Class is for dancers of all skill abilities. Open to the public.

DELFOS DANZA CONTEMPORANEA is Mexico’s premiere contemporary dance company and ranks among the best companies in Latin America both artistically and as leaders in the field.  Delfos is a world class company based in Mazatlán, Mexico which inspires audiences, students and communities with outstanding performances and in-depth residencies. Their performances evoke emotion and introspection embodied by their physical grace, athleticism and vibrance. Celebrating twenty plus years, Delfos Danza Contemporanea tours throughout the world, creating enduring relationships wherever they go, seeking opportunities for collaboration and exchange and passionately committed to dance education.

“…An unforced tour de force.” Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

Join us afterwards for a special Speakeasy Series with the company! Get tickets to see the company perform at UW Meany Hall, April 9-11. This Master Class and Speakeasy Series is presented through The Velocity Sessions, a partnership with UW World Series. Photo by Lois Greenfield

 

Strauss_1WORKSHOP SERIES + AUDITION: ILVS STRAUSS
MAR 20 / 12-3PM // Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$20 / $17 MVP

This workshop will streamline the two main concepts from the March IMP Series: Crude Gestures (cultivated movement birthed of thought and word impulses) and Annihilation Storytelling (radiating the core element of your story and focuses on the melding of the ideas into a performative act). Explore the dialogue between words and physical movement to create new intersections of depth and meaning. Writing and movement exercise abound. The workshop is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Please bring a journal and writing implement.

This will double as an audition for the full length of the Not Solo Anymore piece Manifesto, to be performed at Velocity Dance Center, May 22 – 24th (note: Memorial Day Weekend). Looking for: 2-10 performers. Dancers + non-dancers are encouraged to apply. Rehearsals will be in April, continuing through May. Times TBD, approximately 20 hours of rehearsal (depending on your role). Choreography will be partially group generated through a series of exploratory exercises.

Things ilvs wants you to know:
You will be paid, but it won’t cover your rent.
You will most likely wear a giant costume and crawl around on the ground.
You might be asked to perform partially nude.
You will have had either dance experience or a deep familiarity with your body and willingness to move it.

ilvs strauss is an analytical chemist turned multi-disciplinary performance artist and theater tech living and making work in Seattle. Her art ranges from haiku poetry, to anamorphic outdoor sculptures, illustrated storytelling (aka Slide Shows), to narrated dance performance. As Technical Director / Lighting Designer she has worked for Pat Graney, KT Neihoff, Salt Horse, and Cherdonna, and is currently the TD at Velocity Dance Center. These days, she is working on an evening length of her solo piece, Manifesto, which was listed in Dance Magazine’s BEST of 2014 list. More information, pertinent and otherwise, can be found at ilvsstrauss.com.

Photo by Erica Keeling

 

ZOE_Kelly OWORKSHOP SERIES + AUDITION: ZOE SCOFIELD of zoe|juniper
Technique Becomes Repertory / Letsgetinthestudioandtrysomestuff
MAR 6 / 12-4PM // Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
MAR 7 / 2-6PM // 
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

This workshop begins with a technique class and movement experience, then moves into creative process. Starting with a somatic approach to technique, dancers will experience a physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging class – a space where product orientated results take rest and active experience reigns. Musicality, and visual and physical metaphors, are combined through improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential.

In this workshop Scofield and dancers will also work together by embodying z|j’s creative process. By analyzing the choreographic, visual and music/sound notes used by Zoe and Juniper; dancers will discover the emotional and physical experiences of their work and gain a profound level of personal ownership in the creative process.

This workshop will also serve as an audition for zoe | juniper’s next work.

zoe | juniper is a three time Princess Grace Award Recipient and a 2013 Stranger Genius Award Winner. The dance and visual art team has been described as “a crazy dream you just can’t shake” (Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe). Their newest work, BeginAgain premiered at On the Boards & is being presented at The Joyce/3 Legged Dog, PS 122 COIL Festival & Baryshnikov Arts Center, REDCAT, Danceplace and Fringe Arts, 2014-2015.

Photo by Kelly O

 

AIM_WOLVES_solo-KyleAbraham-0962_CarrieSchneiderMASTER CLASS SERIES: KYLE ABRAHAM / ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION
THURS MAR 5 / 2-3:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave

KYLE ABRAHAM, 2013 MacArthur Fellow, began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

In 2012, Abraham was named the newly appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. Just one month later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered Abraham’s newest work, Another Night, at New York’s City Center to rave reviews. Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010.

His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at On The Boards, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Portland’s Time Based Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center, Montreal, Germany, Jordan, Ecuador, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

This Master Class is presented in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group.  Photo by Carrie Schneider

 

4B0A7193-EditMASTER CLASS SERIES + AUDITION: THE DANCE CARTEL
WEDS MAR 4 / 12-1:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

Equal parts rigor and silliness, Ani’s class is a high-energy, physically-demanding 90 minutes including an upbeat warm-up, hot conditioning, brief improvisation, and substantial choreography sequences, often from The Dance Cartel’s repertory. Designed to challenge both trained dancers and enthusiastic novices, the class fuses technical elements from jazz/contemporary with hype energy and a low center of gravity. Technical precision and energetic intent are given equal priority, encouraging students to heighten their expressivity and dynamics as well as stretch their physical ability.

The music will be loud, and will sometimes have dirty words. We will make jokes. You will probably sweat. Expect to get your heart rate up, and bring a clean shirt if you need to look cute after class. Sense of play and humor are encouraged, but only if you want to have a good time.

 

MASTER CLASS SERIES: HEIDI HENDERSON
THURS JAN 8 / 9:30AM-11:30AM
FRI JAN 9 / 9:30-11:30AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

Focus on specificity–exactly what and how we are moving- while exploring increasingly complex movement phrases. Large loopy dancing – losing our centers and finding joy.

 

 

 

 

053-bamberg-fine-art-m-mageeMASTER CLASS SERIES: WHIM W’HIM
SAT JAN 3 / 10AM-12PM
SAT JAN 10 / 2-4PM
SAT JAN 17 / 2-4PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

A fun, energetic class to explore the company’s signature tracing, sliding, ballooning, and “sickle pickle” techniques.

 

 

redshirt1 copyMASTER CLASS SERIES: MARK HAIM + JESSE ZARITT
FRI JAN 2 / 12-5PM
SAT JAN 3 / 12-5PMSUN JAN 4 / 11:30-3PM
SUN JAN 10 / 2-8PM (Showing)
Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave

A full-bodied and comprehensive modern technique class for intermediate to advanced dancers. Floor, center and lengthy phrase material. Laban / Irene Dowd / Alexander / somatics incoporated into warmup material, usually through some form of improvisation. Three-dimensionality. Stretch. Volume. Strength. Multi-tasking. Imagination. Joy!

Workshop participants perform in a showcase on Jan 10 6PM in Founders Theater.

 

 2014 WoRKSHOPS + master classes

 

BA - ZJ by Bob SuhWORKSHOP SERIES: ZOE SCOFIELD
THURS + FRI / DEC 4 + 5 / 12-4PM
Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave

This workshop begins with a technique class and movement experience, then moves into creative process. Starting with a somatic approach to technique, dancers will experience a physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging class – a space where product orientated results take rest and active experience reins. Musicality, and visual and physical metaphors, are combined through improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential.

In this workshop Scofield and dancers will also work together by embodying z|j’s creative process. By analyzing the choreographic, visual and music/sound notes used by Zoe and Juniper; dancers will discover the emotional and physical experiences of their work and gain a profound level of personal ownership in the creative process.

 

David Rousseve REALITY MASTER CLASS SERIES: David Roussève / REALITY Company
WEDNESDAY, Nov 19 / 10-11:30AM
Velocity Founders Studio
 1621 12th Ave

Taught by “Stardust” cast members, the class will combine technique and repertory.  The warm up will focus on principles of modern/postmodern dance, preparing students to move with principles of the “Stardust” vocabulary: fluidity, lushness, and boldness.  The class will culminate in the teaching of phrase material that includes elements of choreographic material included in the performance.

Join Bessie Award winning choreographer David Roussève and Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer immediately after for a free special Speakeasy Series conversation.

 

BLEED. Paula Court 6WORKSHOP SERIES: TERE O’CONNOR Making Dances
SUN NOV 16 / 12-4 PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

“. . . an essential figure, adored for his exquisitely constructed works, his mentoring and his fiercely articulated beliefs about all things related to dance.”
Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

Rejecting a “good/bad” paradigm, O’Connor’s desire in teaching choreographic method is for artists to create problem-solving systems based on the structure of their own thought process and to rigorously pursue the “science” of their poetics. Through the daily creation of little dance works, the artist focuses attention on developing an analytical eye for the fundamental metaphors in the work. The process involves locating, through a hyper-personal investigation, the seeds of a universal voice.

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MASTER CLASS SERIES: STEPHANIE SALAND
THURSDAYS, Sept 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16 Nov 13, 20 / 4:30-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio
 1621 12th Ave

Ballet Master Class Series: Stephanie playfully offers classes that are ballet “revisited”… integrating the contemporary spirit with a historic form. The classes are a reflection of life… an ever changing and porous investigation. We create tasks and use unique images that help to understand anatomy. The lessons evolve around rich spatial and textural approaches and tools, Encouraging curiosity, and exploring risk is factored in. Sequences are patterned structurally and musically to awaken and maintain a taste for lush and precise articulation. Many of the exercises are woven with the work inventive work of Eva Nemeth, as well as other aspects from Qi Gong, Body Balancing and Gyrotonics. These influences play out quickly. Shifts and expansion are palpable. Focus and intention are honed. in the room. More is more.

Stephanie Saland performed as a principal dancer with the NYC Ballet for 21 years under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Based in Seattle and teaching freelance now for 21 years, she continues to explore movement in all ways and has developed a unique and multifaceted approach to dance and life at large. The myriad riches for education in New York: from teachers such as Stanley Williams, Maggie Black, and her colleague Gelsey Kirkland. She was there for the initial pangs of Gyrotonics which fed into the nuance of technique and specificity. She was and is equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet modalities and offers a class that is synthesis and creative response to the valuable aspects of these systems.

 

Eugenie Frerichs _duetlove_1523MASTER CLASS: TAHNI HOLT
TUES SEPT 2 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio
 1621 12th Ave

Work on the cellular, tingly, membrane, rivers, depth, pathway, ease, vibration, charged, warmth, softening, cleansing, full, rhythm, scale, inside, buoyant, container, continuum, oscillation, distinguishable, exchange, opening, absorb, syncopation, vitality dance through a rigorous warming up to sensorial systems and to our emotional, individual and group body. Material in class is constructed and shaped by the two year rehearsal process of Duet Love. Expect to gain insight into you – through relationship to others in the room. More is more.

Photo by Eugenie Frerichs

 

Alia, Alice + Beth trio_by Joseph LambertWORKSHOP SERIES: MOVEMENT ALCHEMY
SARA SHELTON MANN
MAY 16 + 17 / 2-5PM
Velocity Founders Studio
 1621 12th Ave

This workshop starts with Chi Cultivation — A series of movement/breath exercises that articulate the spine, work the muscles, touch all the meridians and will raise your physical energy and your consciousness building strength and vitality. Then moves into improvisational research, to partnering, integration and sharing.

The Body Process — From the ground up, bringing you deeply inside, we will explore segments of the physical structure and converse with the energetic structure. There will be a lot of breathing, hands on, time for questions and sharing.  We will also do grounding work, protection and releasing modalities.

The Energetic Body — In relationship. Playing in the field of space, time, weight and relationship.  The whole is more than the parts. Establishing personal and impersonal game plans we enter the terrain of choice, focus, ease and clarity. Owning your choices.

 

2013 WORKSHOPS + master classes

Daniel Linehan Zombie Aphoria_squareCR Jean Luc TangheWORKSHOP + PERFORMANCE:
 Daniel Linehan’s The Karaoke Dialogues: Seattle Trial
FRI SEPT 6 – SAT SEPT 14
Workshop: SEPT 6, 8-12 / 1-6PM
Performances: SEPT 12-14 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Avenue

Open to movers and performers of all disciplines interested in engaging in a week-long creative process with an international leader in experimental dance. Participants will explore our connection to our identity, both singular and collective and ask: What do we win, and what do we lose by participating in forms of common action? The workshop culminates in all participants performing in The Karaoke Dialogues: Seattle Trial, September 12-14 as part of Velocity’s presentation of Daniel Linehan. More info >>

MASTER CLASS:
Daniel Linehan (WA/Belgium)
SHAKY IS A GOOD THING.
MON SEPT 9 / 10AM – 12PM
UW Dance Program Studios, Meany Hall 
4140 George Washington Lane NE

In this class, Daniel Linehan will lead the participants in several improvisational techniques that have been part of his ongoing dance practice, and phrase material that comes from his latest choreographies. The emphasis is on engaging in a full physicality while challenging oneself to move into zones of uncertainty and imperfection. Be ready to experiment with unfamiliar movement patterns, counter-intuitive coordinations, and ways of juggling multiple thoughts and actions at the same time. The goal is to make possible unexplored physical connections and new ways of thinking about dancing.

Preferred level of participants: Intermediate to Advanced.

This Master Class is co-presented with The University of Washington Dance Department as part of Velocity’s Daniel Linehan Residency September 5-14 with performances September 12-14 at Velocity’s Founders Theater.

 

Andrew Harwood_72_0098ANDREW HARWOOD WORKSHOP (MONTREAL)
The Heart, Mind and Body of Contact Improvisation
APR 29 – MAY 3 / 12-3PM (12-4PM on May 3)
Velocity 
1621 12th Ave on Capitol Hill

This workshop will encourage participants to focus on reaching a balance between the mental, physical and emotional states drawn upon to create an engaging contact duet, trio or larger ensemble dances. In this approach, the mind and body are encouraged to abandon a certain quality of willfulness in order to open to new sensations and to experience the natural flow of movement. Our warm-up and preparation will lead us to the practice of various skills such as rolling smoothly, falling safely, being upside down, supporting and giving weight effortlessly. On an emotional level, making contact with another being implies forging a nurturing connection within a safe environment, which allows us to take risks, exchange, communicate and witness. It is a fertile crossroad where skill, sensation, instinct and poetic imagination converge. Open to all levels of experience.

ANDREW HARWOOD has danced for renowned companies Marie Chouinard and Jean-Pierre Perreault, performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, and Nita Little and has collaborated with Benoît Lachambre, Chris Aiken, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung and Benno Voorham. His work has been presented in numerous international festivals and is influenced by gymnastics, the Alexander Technique, Aikido, release technique, contemporary dance and yoga.

 

KRAVAS COMPANY WORKSHOP (NYC/SEATTLE/FRANCE)
A Special Master Class Series with Heather Kravas Company Members
JAN 24 + 25 + 26

 

PROCESS with Oren Barnoy
THURS JAN 24 / 6-8PM
What makes us satisfied in dance and how do we attain it? Using this as a premise, we will begin by rigorously drawing a series of self-portraits and then dancing them. We will write descriptions of others’ portraits and then dance these narratives. We will then use our dances as frameworks for new drawings and new dances. We will ask one another, how do we become choreography? Dedicating time to move as a group, we will incorporate decision- making to construct a “performance” and inquire about what it means to offer this dance to an audience.

 

TECHNIQUE with Liz Santoro
FRI JAN 25 / 9:30-11:30AM
This class is about attention. Giving it, receiving it, taking it, having it, holding it. There will be an anatomy focused warm-up utilizing both set and improvisational exercises. Information coming from classical dance forms, Pilates, performance studies, fascial release, neurophysiology and cognitive science will provide a foundation for our investigation of attention. We will attempt not only to expand our awareness of our particular bodies in a particular time and space but we will use awareness to gain access to new movement tools.

 

MOVING TOGETHER with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche
SAT JAN 26 / 2-5PM
For our 3 hours together, we will be dancing and moving in duets, trios and groups. We will start with exercises involving massage to warm up our sense of touch. We will utilize exercises of manipulation and “read” each other’s movements. We will create tasks that involve interdependency and make us move in ways we wouldn’t be able to move on our own. Finally, we will finish with a mass unison phrase, created spontaneously.

 

 

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