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Velocity’s MASTER CLASS SERIES + WORKSHOPS provide the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from around the globe. Master classes + workshops — ranging from technique, improvisation, creative process and somatics — take place year-round, and bring internationally renowned artists to Velocity through partnerships with UW Meany Hall, Seattle Theatre Group, On the Boards and Cornish College for the Arts.

Past Master Classes + workshops have included: Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt, Heidi Henderson, Tere O’Connor (NYC), Kyle Abraham (NYC), Ariel Freedman + Danielle Agami (Gaga USA), Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Canada), the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (NYC), Kidd Pivot (Canada/Germany), Mark Morris Dance Group (NYC), Chunky Move (AUS), Miguel Gutierrez (NYC), Keith Hennessy (SF), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), K.J. Holmes (NYC), Liz Santoro (NYC), Joy Davis (Countertechnique), Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), and many others.







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.





SAT FEB 11 / 11:30-12:45PM
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 Moore Theatre Saturday, February 11, 2017. For performance information & tickets visit www.stgpresents.org





FRI FEB 17 / 4-6PM
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.




FRI MAR 3 / 9:30-11:15AM
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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