// 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.






NOV 5+6 / 2-4PM
Velocity: V2
1525 11th Ave
REGISTER $35 Full / $30 MVP / $20 One day drop In

Within a creative energetic workshop/audition, we will warm-up. Investigate and explore movement materials and improvisation scores around the primary themes of Alice’s new body of work. Material Deviance In Contemporary American Culture (MDICAC) is an immersive installation, dance performance, and communal ritual. It grapples with the complexity of living in an object-based society where we define our identity through the objects we own. The performance interweaves the stories and physical histories of: immigrants and refugees who carry their homes on their shoulders; hoarders who compulsively accumulate anything and everything; and America’s growing homeless population. MDICAC combines dance, theatre, immersive installation and durational performance.Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition!Dancers will be selected to research and perform in Alice’s next project. Premiere in Winter 2018 with touring in the Spring and Fall of 2018. Workshop proceeds go directly into supporting this project.

Actors Auditions will be held at the beginning of December. If interested rsvp at the e-mail below.

For any questions contact alice@gostia.com

Alice Gosti is an architect of experiences. She aims to create spaces, performances and events where people can exist, moments that become catalysts for ideas, memories, dreams and desires. She has received grants from the NEFA, Bossak/Heilbron, Artist Trusts, Seattle Office of the Arts and Culture, the Vilcek Foundation. Alice Gosti’s work has been presented/commissioned by universities, galleries, theaters and festivals worldwide. For more information gostia.com

MDICAC is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Nancy Stark Smith: Exactness of Weights of Feeling Kuva: Raisa Kyllikki KarjalainenWORKSHOP SERIES: Express Train to States of Grace
A CI + Underscore Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith
WORKSHOP // NOV 30 + DEC 1 + DEC 2 + DEC 3 / 10-6PM
Velocity: V2
1525 11th Ave
REGISTER $350 Workshop Only / $400 Workshop + Symposium
(includes admission to the Underscore Dec 3)

“States of grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, composition, contemplation, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity. This three day workshop aims to weave these strands into satisfying, focused, curious, embodied, and engaged solo, duo, and group improvisations. The Underscore on Saturday, December 3 will be the culminating vehicle for our discoveries.

LEARN MORE about The Glimpse Project: Nancy Stark Smith + the Underscore >>






TUES OCT 11 + 18 + NOV 1 / 9-11:20AM
Velocity’s Kawasaki Studio
$15 / $12 MVP
We will start by honing in and focusing on an idea, image, and/or landscape of the body, investigating its architecture and how gravity and intention can broaden our perception of our personal movement patterns. From there, we will expand outwards into a wider view using shorter exercises to get our bodies articulating and gaining alertness and spatial awareness. As we move forward, we will build experientially – in size and space, in musicality and in sensation. We will access moving from our bones and finding ease in our joints, as well as fully engaging our musculature and using momentum to our advantage. Class will culminate with a hefty-sized phrase.

Originally from Austin, Texas, JULIA BURRER received a BFA in dance performance from SUNY-Purchase College. Julia was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007 to 2015. She has staged various Varone works on companies and universities throughout the U.S., including assisting with his 2013 remounting of Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera. During her time in New York, she also danced professionally with Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Gwen Welliver, and the Median Movement. She has served as adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and Barnard College, as well as, directed 92nd Street Y’s teen performing company, Harkness Repertory Ensemble, from 2011-2015. Julia has been a guest artist at Bates Dance Festival and Gibney Dance Center and has led workshops and master classes in the U.S. and abroad.  She is currently completing her MFA at University of Washington where she is focusing on teaching methods, alternative somatic practices, and dance history.





TUES OCT 25 + NOV 8 / 9-11:20AM
Velocity’s Kawasaki Studio
$15 / $12 MVP

Develop the tools required of today’s contemporary dance artist. Get curious and dive into a supportive and challenging environment while waking up to your experience. Explore form, improvisation, strength + stamina, choreographic material and the pursuit of pleasure. Some dance experience suggested but not required. All levels.

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 Whim W’him. His new ongoing Saturday afternoon class “Contemporary Practices with Patrick Kilbane” begins on Oct 29th.


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