// Master Class Series + Workshops //





Velocity’s MASTER CLASS SERIES provides the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from around the globe. Master classes — 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 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.





Applying Method
FRI MAY 27 / 4-7PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$30 full / $24 MVP / 3hrs of volunteering at V2
RSVP appreciated, but walk-ups accepted

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. 



12417585_10206669920398935_3685244349500084072_nWORKSHOP SERIES: PARTNERING with ERIN CARDINAL
SUN MAY 29 + JUN 5 + 12 + 19 / 2-3PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $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.







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.




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





SAT JUNE 18 + 25 / 9:30-11:30AM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 
1621 12th Ave
$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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