// 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.





Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave
NEW LOWER PRICE! $95 per one-day workshop or two classes for $150 (includes most materials)
TO REGISTER: Email SeilyBartholomew@icloud.com

Mark Mitchell is an artist and teacher with many years of experience teaching sewing workshops. He is best known for his work Burial, which was performed and exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in 2013. In 2014 Mark was added to The New Foundation Seattle’s Artist Program, which provides ongoing support for exhibitions and acquisitions for museums and other non-profit institutions. He was named Best Women’s Wear designer by the Seattle Weekly in 2013, and has had two Best of Seattle honors from Seattle Magazine. Mark has decades of experience in fine dressmaking and costume design, in addition to my fine-art work. You can learn more about him and his work by watching this award-winning documentary –

All workshops are $95 for the day, with most materials provided. Mark will serve bundt cake at lunch. In his words: “I make it myself that day, and it’s always really good.” For detailed class descriptions go to itsmarkmitchell.blogspot.com.

JAN 10 / Easy Wardrobe Maintenance
JAN 11 / Beginning Hand Sewing
JAN 24 / Beginning Hand Sewing
JAN 25 / Beginning Trims and Embellishment
JAN 31 / Intermediate Hand Sewing

FEB 1 / Easy Wardrobe Maintenance
FEB 14 / Fabric Flowers and Leaves
FEB 15 / Beginning Hand Sewing

MAR 1 / Beginning Trims Beads and Sequins
MAR 8 / Easy Wardrobe Maintenance
MAR 15 / Beginning Hand Sewing
MAR 22 / Intermediate Hand Sewing
MAR 29 / Fabric Flowers and Leaves

APR 12 / Beginning Trims and Embellishment
APR 19 / Beginning Hand Sewing
APR 26 / Easy Wardrobe Maintenance





SAT FEB 14 / 12-2PM
Velocity Founders Studio 
1621 12th Ave

Join the company members of Urban Bush Women for this special Master Class presented through The Velocity Sessions, a partnership with UW World Series.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. This woman-centered perspective from members of the African Diaspora community seeks to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.


THURSDAYS / Jan 8, 29 / Feb 5, 26 / Mar 5, 12, 26 / Apr 2, 23, 30 / May 14, 21 / 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.


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