Seattle’s virtual home for Dance

Velocity is Seattle’s center dedicated to contemporary dance, and an essential incubator for new dance in our region. With artist-driven, community-responsive programming, Velocity provides vital resources and advocacy for one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity’s programming includes classes, workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and two annual international festivals.


Velocity is actively looking for new board members to support the mission of the organization. Leaders with experience in organizational equity and diversity and in board governance are encouraged to submit an inquiry using this form or to erin@velocitydancecenter.org

Find our Board Prospectus here.

Find out more about our Board members.

–Velocity is Seattle’s award-winning, premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance, fulfilling an un-duplicated role as the essential incubator and forward-thinking laboratory for new dance in the Pacific Northwest. A “national nexus for dance,” Velocity is recognized as a leader in artist, audience, and dance development. With artist-driven, community-centered artistic and education programs, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity is a portal for those new to dance and a catalytic community resource with artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, an annual international dance festival, year-round artist residency programs, celebrated humanities programs that activate cross-disciplinary dialogue, as well as weekly community events from social dances to family-style dinners.

“It’ll be cool to see what these dancers … accomplish in the coming year under the guidance and protection of Velocity, an organization that is less a dance company and more like a hotbed of creativity that nurtures and supports dancers as they explore performing art to sometimes extraordinary limits.”—Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog

“How did [Velocity] and its support of local dancers contribute to your career?
In every way possible.”–Corrie Befort of Salt Horse, Seattle Dance Examiner

“Again and again, Velocity proves itself as both supporter and taste maker for dance in Seattle.” SeattleDances

A leading national incubator for new dance since its founding, Velocity has presented the ideas of hundreds of experimentalists, some of whom—Tere O’Connor, Reggie Watts, Miguel Guitierrez, Zoe Scofield, Anouk van Dijk, Morgan Thorsen, Danielle Agami/Ate9, Amy O’Neal, Keith Hennessey—are now established names in contemporary dance and performance. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity has also hosted intensives, performances, and premieres by contemporary performance stars including Ralph Lemon, Pat Graney, John Jasperse, Faye Driscoll, Jennifer Monson, Ismael Houston-Jones, Deborah Hay, zoe|scofield, KT Niehoff, Dayna Hanson, Kate Wallich, and many more.

Velocity is Seattle’s only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work and disciplined practice coexist. Our mission is to advance contemporary dance by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange.

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.


New Dance Initiative Underwriter, Sponsor or Supporter
*Friend of Velocity (Monthly donors)

Case vanRij*
The Glenn H Kawasaki Foundation
Jeffrey and Kelley Johnson
NEA Art Works
Norcliffe Foundation
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Pruzan Foundation
The Young Foundation
John Robinson + Maya Sonenberg
Jeremy Steward + Eric Hartmann*

Our supporters

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

Community Partners

5th Ave Theater
10 Degrees
12th Ave Arts
A Contemporary Theater
Blanket Fort Films
Broadway Performance Hall
Capitol Hill Arts District
Century Ballroom
Columbia Bank
Coriolis Dance
Cornish College of the Arts
The Cloud Room
Daily Dozen Doughnut Co.
The Derschang Group
Delfinger’s Delicatessen
Eltana Bagels
Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Fremont Abbey
Glazer’s Camera
Henry Art Gallery
Hot House Spa & Sauna
Intiman Theater
Jack Straw
Jim Coleman Photography
Juicebox Cafe
The Derschang Group
Northwest Film Forum
Oddfellows Restaurant
Odin Brewery
Oola Distillery
On The Boards
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Path with Art
PCC Community Markets
Photon Factory
Pure Barre
Rain City Fit
Sea Creatures
Spectrum Dance Theater
Studio Kate Wallich
STG Seattle Theater Group
TCC Printing
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Uptown Coffee
Veggie Grill
W Dance Program / University of Washington
Whim W’him

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