// Intro to Dance + Hip Hop Series //

Velocity Founders Studios 1621 12th Ave
$70 for the 6-week series

Series 1: AUG 26 – SEP 30 with BRYON CARR
Series 2: OCT 7 – NOV 11 with MAYA SOTO
Series 3: NOV 18 – DEC 23 with ASHLEIGH MILLER


Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$70 for the 6-week series

Series 1: AUG 25 – SEP 29
Series 2: OCT 6 – NOV 10
Series 3: NOV 17 – DEC 22


Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$70 for the 6-week series

OCT 17 – NOV 21


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


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




ASHLEIGH MILLER is a multi-disciplinary performance artist working in dance, music, and visual multimedia. A native of Seattle, she grew up practicing art in many forms with a majority focus on dance. In 2013 she received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received scholarship and graduated with honors. In her time at Tisch she independently studied music and began creating musical scores, films, multimedia presentations, and set pieces to accompany her onstage works. In 2014 she returned to her home town and founded Faunix, a collaborative arts company aiming to advance and intermix Ashleigh’s diverse practices. The company presented it’s first evening-length work (an immersive installation) in the summer of 2014. Ashleigh’s work has shown in New York City and Seattle, most notably at Northwest Film Forum/Next Dance Cinema Festival, the FRED Wildlife Refuge, Velocity Dance Center, Postcrypt Gallery, the Gallatin Galleries, Tisch Dance, and the NYU Cultural Studies Department. Ashleigh is also a dedicated teaching artist, catering to students of all ages. In 2013 she received her teaching certification through the Perri Institute of Mind and Body (formerly MindBodyDancer), an organization focusing on yoga, cross-training, and energetic practices for dancers and performing artists. Her classes employ elements of classical and contemporary technique, anatomy, physical therapy, and yoga to help her students find better physical and spiritual clarity within their own practices. Additional information on Ashleigh and her work is available at faunixmedia.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.

JARET HUGHES has 14 years of dance experience, with Hip Hop being his specialty along with training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African. Jaret has 11 years of choreographing and teaching experience with all ages, including 8 years at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions in Bellevue, Washington. Jaret’s choreography credits include the L.A. Clippers Spirit Dance Team (guest choreographer), Seattle Supersonics Dance Team for 5 years, founder of 2wisted Elegance from Seattle and LA’s debut of 2wisted Elegance with the help of his good friend Joey Cooper, Modazz Competition Teams at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions, co-choreographer and dancer for EVE in LA, and assistant choreographer / assistant Artistic Director for the “Invitation Feedback” video contest submission for Janet Jackson. Jaret Competed on Destination Stardom in Hawaii. Jaret’s performances include: Seattle’s Kube 93’s Summer Jam for 3 years with Twisted Elegance, which included sharing the main stage with artists such as Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet, Naughty By Nature and many more; various Hip Hop shows throughout Seattle including Daniel Cruz’s Battle of Seattle Remix 3 and 4 and, most recently while living in LA for 2 1/2 years, performances with Breed OCLA for numerous dance competitions and guest performances for the DVD Release Party for “Step Up 2: The Streets”. Jaret has shared his choreography expertise with various high school and college dance teams throughout Washington, California and Idaho.

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




Series 1: JAN 7 – FEB 11 with BRYON CARR
Series 2: JAN 13 – FEB 17 with NOELLE CHUN
Series 3: FEB 18 – MAR 25 with CAIT WYLER
Series 4: APR 1 – MAY 6 with BYRON CARR
Series 5: MAY 13 – JUN 17 with MAYA SOTO

FALL 2014
Series 1: SEPT 2 – OCT 7 with MAYA SOTO
Series 2: SEPT 3 – OCT 8 with BRYON CARR
Series 3: OCT 14 – NOV 18 with KAITLIN MCCARTHY
Series 4: OCT 15 – NOV 19 with BRYON CARR

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

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