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SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE (SYDC)
A Choreographer’s Lab

FALL 2015 SESSION
SATURDAYS OCT 3 – NOV 21 /  2-5PM
(EXCEPT NOV 14 / 2-4PM)

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SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE SHOWING
SAT NOV 21 / 4PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
Suggest Donation $5

 

” I learned that dance has no boundaries.”
–– Hang, SYDC participant, Age 18

“My favorite part of SYDC was working with different people with such distinct styles and understandings of dance. Through SYDC I gain the confidence to create dance pieces that I am proud of.”
— Kaya, SYDC Participant, Age 15

 

PHOTO GABRIEL BIENCZYCKI

 

WHO:
SYDC is open to aspiring dance artists, ages 14 – 20.

WHEN:
FALL: October 3, 2015 – November 21, 2015  
Saturdays, 2 – 5PM (Except NOV 14 / 2-4PM)


WHERE:

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)
Parking + transit info: velocitydancecenter.org


COST:

$250
Scholarships are available based on financial need.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Email sydc@velocitydancecenter.org or call 206.325.8773.

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ABOUT SYDC

 

 

SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE is an exciting space where young artists make and produce their own work in a fun, collaborative environment under the mentorship of leading Seattle choreographers.

Every Saturday, up to 25 diverse dancers ages 14-20 meet from 2-5pm for ten weeks in the heart of Capitol Hill at Velocity Dance Center. Students learn choreography, creative process, dance and performance production skills through creative investigations and professional mentorship. As a part of SYDC you collaborate to create your own performance and learn to produce + promote your own work, culminating in a professional performance in Velocity’s Founders Theater.

  • Learn dance making tools from leading Seattle choreographers
  • Gain the confidence you need to present your own professional productions
  • Improve your dance skills
  • Learn creative approaches to develop individual + group choreography through a collaborative process.
  • Participate in year-round opportunities to see performances and master classes
  • Have your work presented on local stages in front of live audiences
  • Be a part of Seattle’s epicenter for contemporary dance – Velocity Dance Center

 

 

SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE: THE HISTORY
In 2011, Velocity’s Artistic Director, Tonya Lockyer, approached dancer/choreographer/teacher Maya Soto with plans to create a youth outreach program focused on collaboration and community building through contemporary dance. Together, informed by teen focus groups and community feedback, they created Urban Youth Dance Project. In 2012, Velocity partnered with Seattle Theatre Group’s (STG) Young Choreographer’s Lab. STG’s Young Choreographer’s Lab was a program 7 years in the making, created by Amy O’Neal and Seattle Theatre Group. The merging of Velocity’s Urban Youth Dance Project and STG’s Young Choreographer’s Lab created Seattle Youth Dance Collective.


2015 LEAD MENTOR:
Maya Soto (soto style)

MAYA SOTO is a choreographer/performer with a passion for arts education, advocacy and outreach. She has been integral to the progress and development of SYDC since the program’s beginning. In 2011, Velocity’s Artistic Director, Tonya Lockyer approached Maya with plans to create a youth outreach program focused on collaboration and community building through contemporary dance. Together, informed by teen focus groups and community feedback, they created Urban Youth Dance Project. In 2012, Velocity partnered with Seattle Theater Group and Urban Youth Dance Project became Seattle Youth Dance Collective. Maya stayed with the program and became a member of the teaching faculty. After working as a teaching artist in the program for 3 years, Maya is now SYDC’s Program Manager and Lead Mentor. As a dance educator, Maya has extensive experience working in both public and private sectors. Whether teaching in a high school, college, a workshop or a studio class, Maya works to cultivate meaningful relationships and motivate students through the sheer joy of movement. She brings an upbeat, energetic teaching style that embraces all people.


2014-2015 GUEST MENTORS:
Amy O’Neal (AmyO/tinyrage), Tonya Lockyer (Velocity), and Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him), Ellie Sandstrom (SANDSTROMMOVEMENT) and Mark Haim (Mark Haim & Dancers).


PAST MENTORS INCLUDE RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHERS:
Donald Byrd (Spectrum), Mark Haim (Mark Haim Dance & Theater), KT Niehoff (lingo), Kirsten Cooper (Westlake), Sonia Dawkins (SD/Prism), Anne Gilbert (Creative Dance Center), Patricia Lent (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Gregory Maqoma (Vuyani Dance Theatre/South Africa), + Tonya Lockyer (Velocity).


 

past SYDC EVENTS

 

SEATTLE YOUT20140403boostmeup-802H DANCE COLLECTIVE SHOWING
DEC 5, 2014 / 4PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

Suggested donation $5

The members of Seattle Youth Dance Collective share collaborative works-in-progress created with mentorship by SYDC faculty member Maya Soto and guest mentors Corrie Befort, Amy O’Neal, Olivier Wevers, and Tonya Lockyer.

 

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MAY 10, 2014 / 4PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

Suggested donation $5

The members of Seattle Youth Dance Collective share new choreographic and collaborative works created with mentorship by SYDC faculty Amy O’Neal, Maya Soto and Corrie Befort.

 

 

 

boost me upBOOSTMEUP
APR 5 / 2PM 
TICKETS
Erickson Theater 
1524 Harvard Ave

The young members of Velocity + STG’s Seattle Youth Dance Collective share their collaborative hit Collective, created during the Fall Seattle Youth Dance Collective session and presented on as part of Global Dance Party at the Moore.

 

 

global dance partySTG PRESENTS: GLOBAL DANCE PARTY
NOV 8, 2013 / 7:30PM
The Moore Theatre 
1932 Second Avenue

The young members of Spring 2013 Seattle Youth Dance Collective (SYDC) present Collective, a new collaborative work created with mentorship by SYDC faculty Amy O’Neal and Maya Soto, and guest mentors Tonya Lockyer + KT Niehoff. 

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SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE SHOWING
MAY 11, 2013 / 4PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
Suggested donation $5

Check out new choreographic and collaborative works created by the young members of Seattle Youth Dance Collective with mentorship by SYDC faculty Amy O’Neal and Maya Soto, and guest mentors Tonya Lockyer and KT Niehoff. 

Seattle Youth Dance Collective was launched in 2012 for aspiring dance artists. Created for teens, and with teens, it fosters the creative, practical and digital tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century. SYDC is a NEW INITIATIVE of Velocity and Seattle Theatre Group, made possible with the generous support of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. 

asia style texturesSEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE YOUNG ARTIST FILM SCREENINGS
Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Series: Women in Silent Film

MAR 18, 2013 / 7PM
The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St

As part of the Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Series: Women in Silent Film at the Paramount Theatre, two films by young choreographers from Seattle Youth Dance Collective (SYDC) will be screened at the Paramount Theatre: Jasmmine Ramgotra’s Water in Her Lungs and Hannah Rae’s Witness This.

 

press

 

READ Seattle Youth Dance Collective at STG’s Global Dance Party in SeattleDances

WATCH Dance films created by participants from the Fall 2012 Session of SYDC

READ Seattle Youth Dance Collective in Dance Magazine

 

Seattle Youth Dance Collective 2015 is made possible thanks to generous support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. 

 

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