// Intro to Dance Series //

Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$70 for the 6-week series, choose either the Tuesday Series or the Wednesday Series

Series 1: TUESDAY SERIES / SEPT 2 – OCT 7 /  8-9:30PM with Maya Soto
Series 2: WEDNESDAY SERIES / SEPT 3 – OCT 8 / 6:15-7:45PM with Bryon Carr
Series 3: TUESDAY SERIES / OCT 14 – NOV 18 /  8-9:30PM with Kaitlin McCarthy 
Series 4: WEDNESDAY SERIES / OCT 15 – NOV 19 / 6:15-7:45PM with Bryon Carr

If full, call 206.325.8773 or email erin@velocitydancecenter.org to be added to the wait list.

Past 2014 Series:
Series 1: JAN 7 – FEB 11 with SHANNON STEWART 
Series 2: FEB 25 – APRIL 1 with BRYON CARR
Series 3: APRIL 15 – MAY 20 with SHANNON STEWART
Series 4: MAY 27 – JULY 1 with BRYON CARR

“I didn’t believe I could dance before. I thought dancing was for superhumans. I’m immeasurably excited about the rest of my life now that dance is a part of it.”
Intro to Dance Fall 2013 participant

— Intro to Dance Fall 2013 participant

“I’ve already recommended this class to friends.”
— Intro to Dance Fall 2013 participant

Are you interested in dance but not sure where to start?  Have you taken a beginning ballet or modern class and wondered if there was a MORE beginning level?  Are you intimidated to drop into an ongoing class?  This 6-week series is for you! Learn basic dance vocabulary used in Velocity’s ongoing ballet and modern classes with other students who have no previous dance experience.  You will learn basic class etiquette and dance technique while developing body awareness and comfort dancing in a group.  We will also explore tactics to remember choreography by learning and building on phrases each week.  Intro to dance sets you up to continue exploring contemporary dance classes, other dance forms, and to simply feel more comfortable on any dance floor.




Maya Soto is a choreographer, performer and dance educator based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed at venues including On the Boards, Northwest New Works Festival (SEA), BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), Pacific Dance Makers (PDX), Seattle International Dance Festival (SEA), and Conduit’s Dance+ Festival (PDX). She has worked on projects with many notable artists/companies such as LeGendre Performance Group, NorthWest Dance Syndrome, Amy O’Neal, Sandstrommovement, KT Neihoff, and Marlo Martin. Currently, she dances with Michele Miller/Catapult Dance. Whether teaching in a school, workshop or a studio class, Maya works to cultivate meaningful relationships and motivates students from all walks of life to move. She brings an upbeat, energetic teaching style that embraces all people. She teaches dance at Velocity Dance Center and the Northwest School, where she is on faculty. Passionate about outreach, she also works as a teaching artist through Seattle Theater Group, The EMP, Seattle Youth Dance Collective and the public school system. Maya is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and holds a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. More information at mayasotodance.com


Bryon Carr recently moved back to Seattle after living in New York City for 17 years. He has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has spent the bulk of his time in NYC where he has worked with White Wave Rising, Popo and GoGo Boys, Young Soon Kim, The Graham Ensemble, Chen and Dancers, and The Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Although his training is in ballet and Graham technique he likes to integrate improvisation, text and media into his dance making process. In 2002 he began showing his own dance/media work throughout New York and has been presented by; Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Wave Rising Series in DUMBO, Triskelion Arts Center and Chashama Arts. Outside of New York, he has shown in Seattle, Boston, and Berlin. He also just completed his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts or PIMA from Brooklyn College in MA.


Kaitlin McCarthy likes dance. She likes to make it, see it, direct it, teach it, think about it, talk about it, and write about it. She began dancing in her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI before attending Mt Holyoke College where she graduated summa cum laude in 2009. In Seattle she has danced with over a dozen local artists. She has choreographed work for Velocity’s Fall Kick-Off, 12 Minutes Max/On the Boards, Evoke Productions’ Full Tilt, BOOST Dance Festival, and her self-produced show, HOT MESS. Kaitlin is a member of the Seattle Contact Improvisation Lab and a staff writer for Seattle Dances. For more information visit kaitlinmccarthy.com.