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 2021 82% of our programming was led by or featured artists of color and/or 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 $10,000 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 advocate for doing what we can to take small steps to rebalance power structures and work towards an end to white supremacy, queerphobia and transphobia.
To advance contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences.
A future in which dancemakers have the resources, community, and power to build a more open, connected, and embodied world through our work.
artist leadership, equity and inclusivity, leading with relationship, curiosity and rigor, and liberation for all.
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.
New Dance Initiative Underwriter, Sponsor or Supporter
*Friend of Velocity (Monthly donors)
The Glenn H Kawasaki Foundation
Jeffrey and Kelley Johnson
NEA Art Works
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Pruzan Foundation
The Young Foundation
John Robinson + Maya Sonenberg
Jeremy Steward + Eric Hartmann*
Melissa Feldman + Daniel Greenstein
Dylan Johnson + Mackenzie Aine Johnson
Sean McNee + Andrea Hatzler*
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
The Washington State Arts Commission
The Western States Arts Federation
5th Ave Theater
12th Ave Arts
A Contemporary Theater
Blanket Fort Films
Broadway Performance Hall
Capitol Hill Arts District
Cornish College of the Arts
The Cloud Room
Daily Dozen Doughnut Co.
The Derschang Group
Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Henry Art Gallery
Hot House Spa & Sauna
Jim Coleman Photography
The Derschang Group
Northwest Film Forum
On The Boards
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Path with Art
PCC Community Markets
Rain City Fit
Spectrum Dance Theater
Studio Kate Wallich
STG Seattle Theater Group
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
W Dance Program / University of Washington