// Master Class Series + Workshops //




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.







SUN SEPT 11 / 10:30-1PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$20 full / $18 MVP

Delve into the creative process and learn material for Alana’s upcoming work Into Ice at Velocity Dance Center. Dancers and movers of all skill levels and backgrounds encouraged; dance training not required but a sense of body knowledge and movement awareness is essential. The workshop will include a brief warm-up, followed by learning set material and playing with improvisational scores inspired by: coldness, glaciers, exploration, isolation, avalanches, caribou, and getting lost.

6-8 ensemble performers will be selected from the workshop to perform in November. Rehearsals are all Thursdays in October (10:30-12:45) at Velocity, and Tuesday Oct 25 & Nov 1 (9:30-1:30) at Fremont Abbey. 1 additional weekend rehearsal is possible. Tech week is Nov 7-10, Performances Nov 11-12, 18-19 at Velocity. 

ALANA O’FARRELL ROGERS is the artistic director of Alana O Rogers Dance Company. After studying dance in Ireland, France, New York, and Massachusetts, she returned to Seattle in 2000 where she has been making dance works ever since. As an artist, Alana is interested in the human condition, culture, science, and the natural world. She believes in the power of art to leave etchings on our collective experience that remain after the viewing has past. Her choreography has been commissioned by ChopShop, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, the BOOST Dance Festival, and the Seattle International Dance Festival, among others. She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, a career that has allowed her to meld her passions of movement and science. www.alanaorogers.org



SUN SEPT 18 / 10-1:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$20 full / $18 MVP

A rare opportunity presented by Velocity Dance Center to participate in a workshop with Veronica Lee-Baik. Known for her uncanny ability to wield the fire out each individual, Lee-Baik will offer unique movement exploration techniques that draw from her varied background in contemporary and Butoh dance. Participants will harness their individual expression, experience the collaborative process with Lee-Baik, and learn structured material to discover an ensemble connection. You will dance. You will sweat. You will be alive.

This workshop will serve as an audition to expand The Three Yells casting for their latest evening length work, Giselle Deconstruct. Selected dancer/s will perform with the company at Cornish Playhouse (produced by Cornish Presents) January 6 & 7, 2017. Rehearsals are Mondays (12-2.30pm) and Thursdays (9.30-12pm) at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Performance stipend gig.

Described by SeattleDances as having, “a clear eye for an unusual landscape—her stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.” Lee-Baik is a visual artist of the body. She collaborates with cross-disciplinary artists to install visceral environments that invite new perspective on important social/civic issues. Lee-Baik has presented work at Velocity Dance Center, Cornish Playhouse, On The Boards and Frye Art Museum since returning to her work in 2014. She is a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Grant, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures Grant and 4Culture Art Projects Award.



Stay tuned for upcoming Master Classes. More info coming soon!




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