// Intro to Dance + Hip Hop +
west african Series //



 

“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 participant

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

 

INTRO TO DANCE SERIES with MAYA SOTO
WEDNESDAYS 8-9:30PM

Velocity Founders Studios 1621 12th Ave
$115 for the 8-week series

OCT 19 – DEC 7 // FULL!

 

INTRO TO HIP HOP SERIES with JARET HUGHES
TUESDAYS 8-9:30PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$85 for the 6-week series

Session 1: AUG 23 – SEPT 27 // FULL!

Session 2: OCT 4 – NOV 8 // FULL!

Session 3: NOV 15 – DEC 20 // FULL!

 

INTRO TO HIP HOP SERIES with MAXIE JAMAL
SATURDAYS 10:30AM-12PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$85 for the 6-week series

Session 1: OCT 1 – NOV 5 // FULL!

Session 2: NOV 12 – DEC 17 // FULL!

 

INTRO TO WEST AFRICAN SERIES with SARAH LEE PARKER
MONDAYS 6-7:30PM
Velocity V2 1525 11th Ave
$85 for the 6-week series

OCT 3 – NOV 14 // FULL!
*No Class NOV 7

 

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

 

 

ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTISTS

 

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.

MAXIE JAMAL’s career as a choreographer began at the age of 18 with a production of The Wiz at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. By age 23 she was living a bi-coastal lifestyle between Los Angeles and New York City, training and touring with A-list artists, choreographers and dancers. Maxie now is working to establish The Mystiquesterium Dance Company, which aims to create more performance platforms and opportunities as well as training for the next generation of dancers in the Pacific Northwest.

MAYA SOTO is a choreographer, performer and award winning arts educator. Her work includes concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and film. Maya brings together classical dance training and a sense of imaginative play. She has created 6 evening length works including Inner Galactic (2015) which was supported by creative residencies at 10 degrees in partnership with Velocity Dance Center (SEA), Exit Space (SEA) and Higher Ground (OR). Her choreography has been commissioned by numerous West Coast festivals and venues including On the Boards (SEA) and Conduit’s Dance+ Festival (PDX). As a performer, she has worked with many notable artists including Amy O’Neal, Sandstrommovement and KT Neihoff. Currently, she dances for Michele Miller/Catapult Dance. Maya is a passionate advocate for arts education. She teaches dance at Velocity Dance Center, the Northwest School, Seattle Theatre Group – Disney Musicals in Schools and the EMP Museum. For 10 years, she has worked extensively as a teaching artist in the public school system and developed several successful youth dance programs. In 2014, she received a Velocity Dance Champion Award for significant contribution to Seattle dance. Maya holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. mayasotodance.com

SARAH LEE PARKER graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness (Exercise Science, Public Health, Youth Studies and Nutrition) from the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the University of Minnesota Repertory and Hamanah Don Dance Companies, managed the Fitness Program at the West Seattle YMCA, and been a Personal Trainer and Life Coach. When Sarah Lee first discovered West African Dance in1993, she was hooked immediately, and spent the next decade studying with dozens of well-known instructors from various parts of West Africa. In 2004, she went to Senegal and then Guinea West Africa on a dance intensive with her primary instructor: Master Dancer Youssouf Koumbassa. She has since returned to Guinea eleven more times for multiple months at a time to dance and learn from some of the best West African dancers and instructors in the world. In June 2012 Sarah Lee completed eight months of intensive personalized study in various parts of Guinea with Alseny Bangoura, Mamadama Camara, Aly Mara and Sorel Conte, all of whom are Principal Dancers with West Africa’s finest performance company Les Ballets Africains.  While there, she also danced with Wassa So, an all-African 50 member high level performance company. For more information visit:  www.oneworlddance.com.

 

 

PAST SERIES

 

SPRING 2016
INTRO TO DANCE SERIES
Series 1: JAN 6 – FEB 10 with KAITLIN MCCARTHY
Series 2: FEB 17 – MAR 23 with CAIT WYLER
Series 3: MAR 30 – MAY 4 with CAIT WYLER
Series 4: MAY 11 – JUNE 15 with MAYA SOTO

INTRO TO HIP HOP SERIES with JARET HUGHES
Series 1: JAN 5 – FEB 9 
Series 2: FEB 16 – MAR 22 

Series 3: MAR 29 – MAY 3
Series 4: MAY 10 – JUNE 14

INTRO TO HIP HOP SERIES with Michael O’Neal
Series 5: MAY 21 – JUNE 25


FALL 2015
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

SPRING 2015
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

SPRING 2014
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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