// 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.








SAT FEB 25 + MAR 4 + MAR 11 + APR 8 / 12:15-1:45PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
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zoe | juniper classes utilize a somatic approach to technique. Classes are physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging; a space where product orientated results takes rest and active experience reigns. We combine musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancers’ potential.  As teachers, it is our desire to help students foster a body that is available, aware and in command of its’ senses, intuition and physicality.

ZOE SCOFIELD, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle. Since 2004, Zoe collaborates with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey. Their company, zoe | juniper, has been commissioned and presented by The Joyce, American Realness, Bates Dance Festival, CAC New Orleans, CalArts, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College, DancePlace, FringeArts, Frye Art Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, On the Boards, Pennsylvania Ballet, PS122, PuSh Festival, REDCAT, and Velocity Dance Center among others. zoe | juniper’s residencies and awards include The MacDowell Colony, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National Performance Network, NEFA’s National Dance Project, Princess Grace Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding. zoe | juniper’s latest work, Clear & Sweet, made it’s PNW premiere at On The Boards in October, and will continue to tour nationally in 2017.




THU MAR 23 + 30 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
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Class begins with a highly physical warm-up creating a grounded awareness of the body. Through spinal focus and imagery-driven improvisation, dancers will connect to risk and expression. Class builds into a challenging phrase sourced from current MADBOOTS DANCE repertory and research.

MADBOOTS DANCE, the hyper-physical, provocative dance company led by Jonathan Campbell (The Juilliard School ’10) and Austin Diaz (NYU Tisch School of the Arts ’11), was named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2016 and has reached audiences nationally and internationally, tackling topics of male identity and queer culture. WWW.MADBOOTSDANCE.COM

MADBOOTS DANCE is in residence at Velocity in March for SPLIT BILL, a raw premiere of two new works by Kate Wallich + The YC and MADBOOTS, co-presented with Velocity Dance Center, June 29th – July 2nd. MORE INFO.


Photo by David Višnjić - "Frail Affinities" by Saint Genet - Donau Festival 2016

PHOTO David Višnjić

SAT APR 1 / 12:15-1:45PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
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This class is crafted to be accessible for all bodies and skill levels. We will begin with a guided improvisation embedded with textures, images, states, and rhythms from the choreographic methodology and conceptual underbelly inspiring Saint Genet’s newest work Promised Ends: The Slow Arrow of Sorrow and Madness. Assisted by Lavinia Vago (Saint Genet | RUBBERBANDance Group | Kate Wallich + the YC) the class will culminate in learning movement material from the opus. A kinetic language that draws on durative movements to excavate the body’s potential ability to articulate with virtuosity and power, subtlety and softness. While we attune to compositional perspectives between the individual and the communal.

MATT DREWS is a movement artist who oscillates between the realms of dance, yoga + performance. His creative roles aqueous as choreographer, producer, performer + teacher. He facilitates states of experience for bodies to investigate movement with a heightened lens toward healing, presence + ritual. He studied at Naropa University + holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. His work has been produced at Donau Festival (Austria), Decibel Electronic Music Festival, On the Boards + Velocity Dance Center. He has collaborated with Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, tEEth Performance, Saint Genet, Kate Wallich + the YC, The Pendleton House + Modern Recollections. He is currently choreographing an operatic work for Saint Genet, co-presented by Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) and Holland Festival (Amsterdam). www.mattdrews.com 
PRESS Confronting the Intangible – City Arts, December 24th, 2015

Photo by David Višnjić – “Frail Affinities” by Saint Genet – Donau Festival 2016.


SAT APR 8 / 2:30-4PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP each class
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Join Bellingham Repertory dancer Alethea Alexander for a squishy, expansive exploration of contemporary technique and repertory. Inspired by the breadth of styles and vocabulary explored in the company’s national survey of current dance makers, we will explore contemporary approaches to spirals, space, focus, sensation and reach. 

Alethea Alexander is an M.F.A. candidate in Dance at the University of Washington and has been a member of BRD for four seasons. She is constantly examining the social and political practices that are embodied in dance culture, and how those trends are expressed in studio communities and within each individual. 

Bellingham Repertory Dance is a collective of highly accomplished performers sourcing original and repertory works from accross the U.S. Commissioning local work for over a decade, they have supported Seattle choreographers by presenting vibrant, high-quality dance from local artists to our regional community. 

See Bellingham Repertory Dance’s “no such place” at Velocity Dance Center, April 7 + 8, 8pm. MORE INFO.




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