// 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: 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.




860384_4248241764208_910676432_oWORKSHOP/AUDITION SERIES: ALICE GOSTI 
SAT OCT 18 / 11AM-2PM + SUN OCT 19 / 11AM-3PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
Within a creative energetic workshop/audition we will warmup and begin by investigating movement material developed during Alice’s recent creative residency in Italy. Improvisation scores will also be explored around the primary themes of Alice’s new work inspired by the Italian Partisan movement: ideas of collective resistance, self-organization and the sharing of secret information; the movement of herds and stampedes; and the relationship between the spiritual and political body (both individual and in mass movements).Dancers will be selected to research and perform for an April 25th Made in Seattle performance; with the possibility of further performances and touring. Workshop proceeds go directly into this project.

BLEED. Paula Court 6

SUN NOV 16 / 12-4 PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $50 / MVP $43

“. . . an essential figure, adored for his exquisitely constructed works, his mentoring and his fiercely articulated beliefs about all things related to dance.”
Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

Rejecting a “good/bad” paradigm, O’Connor’s desire in teaching choreographic method is for artists to create problem-solving systems based on the structure of their own thought process and to rigorously pursue the “science” of their poetics. Through the daily creation of little dance works, the artist focuses attention on developing an analytical eye for the fundamental metaphors in the work. The process involves locating, through a hyper-personal investigation, the seeds of a universal voice.

THURS + FRI / DEC 4 + 5 / 12-4PM
Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $65 / DROP-IN $45 / MVP $56

This workshop begins with a technique class and movement experience, then moves into creative process. Starting with a somatic approach to technique, dancers will experience a physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging class – a space where product orientated results take rest and active experience reins. Musicality, and visual and physical metaphors, are combined through improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential.

In this workshop Scofield and dancers will also work together by embodying z|j’s creative process. By analyzing the choreographic, visual and music/sound notes used by Zoe and Juniper; dancers will discover the emotional and physical experiences of their work and gain a profound level of personal ownership in the creative process.






THURSDAYS, Sept 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16 Nov 13, 20 / 4:30-6PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio
 1621 12th Ave

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.

cheronna - worth my salt- Eric Paguio3_300dpiMASTER CLASS: JODY KUEHNER
WED OCT 15 / 9:30-11:15AM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave

Class will start with an easy warm up taken from Jody’s weekly class at Velocity. Once we are warm, everyone will make an “essence of you” solo using techniques from the Cherdonna process. The second part of class will be spent learning performance material from Cherdonna Shinatra’s Worth My Salt. This class is for the intermediate or advanced dancer.




Ani Taj - 2012 dance shotMASTER CLASS: ANI TAJ
THURS OCT 23 / 6:15-7:45PM
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave

Equal parts rigor and silliness, Ani’s class is a high-energy, physically-demanding 90 minutes including an upbeat warm-up, hot conditioning, brief improvisation, and substantial choreography sequences, often from The Dance Cartel’s repertory. Designed to challenge both trained dancers and enthusiastic novices, the class fuses technical elements from jazz/contemporary with hype energy and a low center of gravity. Technical precision and energetic intent are given equal priority, encouraging students to heighten their expressivity and dynamics as well as stretch their physical ability.

Ani Taj is a choreographer, performer, teaching artist, music-head and founder of The Dance Cartel. Ani has choreographed contemporary musicals, plays, concerts, music videos, art parties, flash mobs and more. She is fueled by her research trips to Brazil and loves to make dances inspired by Carnaval.