// 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.







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17 / 2 – 6PM
Velocity Kawasaki 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $30 / $26 MVP
Drop In’s welcome depending on availability.

How can we create new territory in a dance and what to do when we find it? In this Contact Improvisation workshop, we will explore the physicality of territory: ways to create rich micro environments and discover new pathways by decomposing ourselves into smaller pieces and creating more surface area to dance in. Other times we’ll find ourselves in fast-moving, wildly changing territory, developing the skills that help us survive collisions, falls, sudden points of leverage, and shifting weight. How we respond to the brand new territories we discover in the dance is part of the sport of Contact Improvisation. How we create those territories in dialogue with our partners is part of the art of Contact Improvisation. Working with practical principles of CI–gravity, weight, momentum, pressure, openness, softness, and tone–we’ll take our dancing towards new territory and find deeper relationships with ourselves and our partners in the adventure.

BRAD STOLLER began his study of Contact in 1979 in the SF Bay area with several members of Mangrove. He began teaching Contact in 1984 at Sonoma State College and has continued to teach in university settings as well as privately at festivals and workshops. He is the theatre director at Piedmont VA Community College and teaches Contact at UVA. Brad furthered his research into CI by embracing Aikido and The Alexander Technique finding that both revealed universal principles that CI dancers have been fortunate to rediscover in this playful form.

KATHERINE COOK is a dancer, teacher, and mathematician based in Seattle WA. Her teaching incorporates a love of improvisation, awareness and somatic practices, mathematics, and the natural world. She focuses her work at the intersection of the body, the mind, and the environment, and prefers questions to statements, curiosity to answers. Her teaching and performance are rooted in a deep and sustained relationship with the rigor, complexity, and creativity of improvisation. Her dancing celebrates the physical body, spontaneity, and generosity in the present. She has developed material with and/or performed with Nancy Stark Smith, Karen Nelson, Nita Little, Cyrus Khambatta, and Kris Wheeler, among others.



CREATIVE / PROCESS classes and workshops
are taught by leading movement practitioners and reflect current developments in the field of contemporary dance. Each series takes a multi-faceted investigative approach that may include research in somatics, performance, performance-making, writing for dance, design for performance, voice and movement, improvisation, movement generation and theory. Each class is unique based on the research of each artist, see lab descriptions.

WEDS 6-7:45PM
Velocity Founders Studio
 1621 12th Ave
$15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
Buy a full class series for just $60 for 6 weeks ($10/class)

WEDS MAY 31 – JUNE 28 (5-week Series) / 6-7:45PM
$50 (Full Series) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP

A conversation between language, movement and each other, this class invites committed dance makers and performers interested in a rigorous examination of process. How may our dances be simultaneously political and abstract? Formal and spontaneous? Precise and kinky? Individual and engaging?
We will move together.
We will read together (Lucy Corin, Samuel Delaney, Jenn Joy, Clarice Lispector, Maggie Nelson, Sally Potter).
And we will reflect back through words and actions.

HEATHER KRAVAS is a choreographer and performing artist.  Since 1995, she has investigated choreographic, somatic and collaborative practices to explore the limits of dance as a contemporary form.  Often repetitive and exceptionally structured, her dances consider and activate the edges of human experience – boredom, indulgence, disappointment and desire. Her upcoming work, visions of beauty premieres at On the Boards March 30 – April 2.

Kravas’s performances have been presented at venues including Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, On the Boards, Performance Space 122, Fusebox Festival and Tonic as well as internationally.  Her varied collaborations include choreography with Canadian/European artist Antonija Livingstone (2003-2008) and extensive improvisation with cellist Okkyung Lee as the nono twins (1999-2004). Since 2001 she has worked as an interpreter and rehearsal assistant for DD Dorvillier’s human future dance corps and also performed in the work of Marina Abramovic, Jennifer Allen, Alain Buffard, Amy Cox, Dayna Hanson, Amii LeGendre and Yvonne Meier.

Kravas is a  2016 Creative Capital Artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awardee and has previously received support from Foundation for Contemporary Art, MAP Foundation, National Performance Network, 4Culture, PACT/Zollverein, CCNFC Belfort, f.u.s.e.d.,  Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, the Yard and Seattle Arts Commission.

Series 1: JAN 18 – FEB 22: Amy O’Neal
Series 2: MAR 1 – APR 5: Victoria Jacobs
Series 3: APR 12 – MAY 17: Zoe Scofield
Series 4: MAY 31 – JUNE 28 (5-week Series): Heather Kravas



To see all Velocity CREATIVE / PROCESS Series (formerly called Investigative Movement Practices (IMP)) since 2013, CLICK HERE.




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master classes + workshops archive

To see all Velocity Master Classes + Workshops since 2013, CLICK HERE.


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