// 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.







DEC 3 + 4 / 3-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$45 Full Workshop / $39 MVP / $30 drop-in

We will research and develop the tools required of today’s versatile contemporary dancer and deepen our understanding of what it means to be an artist + athlete. We will focus on impulse, sensation and technique.

We will generate and perform choreographic material. We will sweat, seek pleasure and inspire one another.

PATRICK KILBANE is from Bainbridge Island, WA. He trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet and others. After being exposed to contemporary dance Patrick joined NW Dance Project in Portland, OR where he danced for 6 seasons and worked with an incredible array of international dance makers. He is thrilled to be back in Seattle working as a freelance performance artist, choreographer and teacher. Patrick dances with Kate Wallich + The YC and will be joining Whim W’him as a company member this fall.







WEDS / 4:30-6PM
Velocity Steward Studio: SEPT 16
Velocity Kawasaki Studio: SEPT 30 / 
OCT 7, 14, 21, 28 / NOV 11, 25 / DEC 2, 16

Ballet Master Class Series: Stephanie playfully offers classes that are ballet “revisited”… integrating the contemporary spirit with a historic form. The classes are a reflection of life… an ever changing and porous investigation. We create tasks and use unique images that help to understand anatomy. The lessons evolve around rich spatial and textural approaches and tools, Encouraging curiosity, and exploring risk is factored in. Sequences are patterned structurally and musically to awaken and maintain a taste for lush and precise articulation. Many of the exercises are woven with the work inventive work of Eva Nemeth, as well as other aspects from Qi Gong, Body Balancing and Gyrotonics. These influences play out quickly. Shifts and expansion are palpable. Focus and intention are honed in the room. More is more.

STEPHANIE SALAND performed as a principal dancer with the NYC Ballet for 21 years under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Based in Seattle and teaching freelance now for 21 years, she continues to explore movement in all ways and has developed a unique and multifaceted approach to dance and life at large. The myriad riches for education in New York: from teachers such as Stanley Williams, Maggie Black, and her colleague Gelsey Kirkland. She was there for the initial pangs of Gyrotonics which fed into the nuance of technique and specificity. She was and is equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet modalities and offers a class that is synthesis and creative response to the valuable aspects of these systems.



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