Founded in 1996, Velocity is an artist-led nonprofit in Seattle, WA that is dedicated to providing Seattle dance-makers with the resources, advocacy, and collaborative support they need to blossom their ideas into impactful art and community actions. This is central to our mission to advance contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. We do this through flexible and responsive platforms that support dance research and creation, movement education, and opportunities to share and experience contemporary dance performance. 

Our core programs include Velocity’s Creative Residency Programs, a ladder of new work incubator programs and process-driven residencies; Movement Education Programs, which provide training and classes for beginning through professional dancers, including the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation; and Velocity Presents, a full season of performances, discussions, and community collaborations. 

Velocity’s programs create employment and artistic opportunities for more than 100 artists each year and our work reaches up to 20,000 audience members and class-takers annually. 

Within our community, we are working to specifically serve people who identify as LGBTQ+ and BIPOC and Low Income. In 2023, 59% of our programming was led by or featured artists of color and 62% LGBTQ+ artists, and 25% of our class-takers identified as Transgender, Black, Indigenous or People of Color. To increase access to training and professional development for Transgender and BIPOC individuals, Velocity offers more than $15,000 annually in fee  waivers for self-identifying TBIPOC individuals to attend all of our classes and training programs at no cost. Additionally, nearly 60% of community members qualify as low-income in Seattle. We continue to offer sliding scale and artists/low income ticket and class  pricing, work/study discount programs, and other strategies for making our programs as financially accessible as possible. 

Velocity continues to take small steps toward rebalancing power structures in the dance community while working towards an end to white supremacy, queerphobia and transphobia. 


Our partners

We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of government, corporate, and private foundations, as well as our institutional partners, including but not limited to the following. Because of their commitment to arts and culture, Velocity can advance contemporary dance and movement-based art, and foster the creative explorations of artists and audiences.

Velocity also gratefully acknowledges the generous support from individuals, without whom our programming would not be possible.


Barbara Lewis + Joe Cable
Douglas Pearce
The Glenn H Kawasaki Foundation
Jarman Hauser
Jeremy Steward + Eric Hartmann
John C. Robinson + Maya Sonenberg
The National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
Raynier Foundation
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Western States Arts Federation
The Washington State Arts Commission

Community Partners

12th Avenue Arts
Argento Cafe
Base: Experimental Arts + Space
Cafe Racer
Capitol Hill Arts District
The Cloud Room
Cornish College of the Arts
CommonForm Videography
Eltana Bagels
Erickson Theatre
Figurehead Brewing
Fremont Abbey
Geo Xeal Photography
Goethe Institute
Henry Art Gallery
Hidmo Cypher / Washington Hall
Intiman Theater
Jim Coleman Photography
Northwest Film Forum
On the Boards
Open Flight Studio
Photon Factory
Rae Vino
Schilling Cider
Sea Creatures
STG Seattle Theater Group
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
UW Dance Program / University of Washington
Yaw Theater

Please contact erin@velocitydancecenter.org to join our network of community supporters or to remind us to add you to our list!