SFD+I Performance Cohorts Showcase

with new works by

Lavinia Vago, Noel Price-Bracey, Kaitlin McCarthy + Akoiya Harris


Aug 2  | 7:30 PM

Aug 3 | 2 PM + 7:30 PM

12th Ave Arts | 1620 12th Ave


Show run: 70 mins

Tickets: $20-50

Velocity Dance Center presents the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation Performance Cohorts: Showcase, with works by renowned choreographers Lavinia Vago, Noel Price-Bracey, Kaitlin McCarthy, and Akoiya Harris. The performances are a culmination of two to three weeks of intensive training and rehearsal for dancers across many backgrounds and skill levels during the festival. Sharing the stage are advanced students from across the US in the Professional Cohort, local adult dancers in the Beginner and Intermediate Cohorts, and young dancers Youth Cohort. The Performance Cohorts Showcase is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Seattle’s vibrant contemporary dance scene, and witness Seattle’s up-and-coming talent.


Lavinia Vago (she/her) is an Italian dance artist, performer, educator, maker, collaborator, and director based between Seattle, NYC and Berlin.

Lavinia experiments and creates dance works as a solo artist. Her work researches and attacks themes of disobedience, kinesthetic empathy, queerness, and transcendence through exhaustion, duration, endurance, and rigor. She uses intuitive improvisational choreographies and scores to explore altered cerebral and emotional headspaces within experimental soundscapes. Premieres include “NOESIS X, a solo for two” in collaboration with Berlin sound artist Harald Stojan (Velocity Dance Center, 2019), and “FLAMES AND BABES” (Seattle Art Museum, 2020) as part of the Flesh and Blood Exhibition of Italian Masterpieces from Capodimonte; and ENXORE at SIDF 2021. Her new work, FKK, premieres May 2024, through Made In Seattle program at Velocity.

As a dance artist Lavinia collaborated, performed, created works and toured the world with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Loni Landon Projects, Vim Vigor Dance Theater (NYC), Tom Weinberger, and most extensively with Montréal based Rubberband. She created works with Vienna based theater company Saint Genet, performing at Weiner Festwochen and Holland Festival. She is currently performing and touring with Beijing artist Tianzhuo Chen in the 12-hours performance ritual TRANCE (Mwoods / Beijing, Trauma Bar Und Kino / Berlin, Kampnagel / Hamburg, Norberg Festival / Sweden, KNDL / Berlin, Dark Mofo / Tasmania).

Lavinia has been Associate Artistic Director of the non-profit Studio Kate Wallich (2017-2020), has been the rehearsal director of YC2 (a platform for emerging dance artists), and co-founded and co-directed dance company “The YC” with Kate Wallich (2010 – 2020). Recently they toured with band Perfume Genius at The Moore Theater, The Joyce, The Walker, ICA Boston, and MASS Moca.

She is the Artistic Director of Programming, and Lead Teacher for Dance Church™, an inclusive dance and fitness class for every body. She develops all programming for online and in person classes, leading all partnerships and is the lead on all bodies inclusivity initiatives (most recently in partnership with Harborview Medical Institute for SCI patients.

As an educator, Lavinia teaches Dance for Parkinson’s, Rubberband Method, and masterclass series, intensives and workshops aimed to subvert and rethink dance contemporary technique, floor work, and improvisation. She taught at Strictly Seattle, Springboard Danse Montreal, l’Ecole Superieur de Ballet du Quebec, L’ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal, Domaine Forget, Lines Ballet Training Program, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanz Platform Rhein Main (Frankfurt), and Staatstheater TanzMainz, among others.

BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of The Arts 2010.

Noel PRICE-Bracey is a Detroit native, educator, advocate, and artist. She holds a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University and is currently working toward a MFA in Dance at the University of Washington (2024). As an independent artist Noel has performed and choreographed for many local Seattle festivals, community engagements, and interdisciplinary works since 2014. Noel established PRICEarts LLC in 2015 as a conduit for her passion to educate through art. In 2019 Seattle Dances honored Noel for her commitment to advocacy with their Dance Crush award. Recently she was commissioned to set work for Gonzaga University which was presented in Florence, Italy during Gonzaga Law School’s Human Rights Conference – Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement (2021). She holds this belief: My body is a source of knowledge, my practice is my protest. Theatrical expression, physical and verbal, are the primary mediums Noel uses to engage others, investigate phenomena, and illuminate public discourse.

​​Kaitlin McCarthy is a Seattle-based dance artist, journalist, and teacher. Her choreography has appeared repeatedly at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, 12th Ave Arts, and countless other venues, festivals, and self-produced evening-length performances. Her work is “fondly humorous and stunningly creepy” (SeattleDances) and “in the forefront of innovative contemporary Seattle dance” (Deconstruct Collective). In addition to her own work, she has developed a decade-long collaborative partnership with Jenny Peterson, performing under moniker “The Bonnies.”

Kaitlin graduated summa cum laude with a degree in dance from Mt Holyoke College in 2009. As a dancer she has performed for over a dozen local artists, including regularly with Alice Gosti/MALACARNE since 2014, with whom she has toured nationally and internationally. Kaitlin’s performance work specializes in improvisation, durational and site-specific work, theatricality, and technical foundation in ballet, modern, and contact improvisation.

She has spent the last nine years as a teaching artist for Velocity Dance Center and eXit SPACE. Specializing in adult beginning dance, Kaitlin prides herself on brings safe-body practices, down-to-earth vibes, and the joy of dance to the classroom.

As a dance journalist, Kaitlin has spent the last decade writing about the Seattle scene in publications such as City Arts Magazine, Dance Intl Magazine, PublicDisplay.Art, and SeattleDances.com, where she has been the Editor since 2016. During her leadership she grew SeattleDances from a volunteer site to one that paid its writers and staff, and realigned the organization’s mission to focus on local and independent dance. For her writing she received a 2022 fellowship to the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center for Theatre.

Akoiya Harris is a movement artist based in Seattle Washington. Her work uses a queer Black gaze to look at the ways art holds personal and communal histories. As a choreographer, she has shown work at the Seattle Art Museum, Wa Na Wari, On The Boards, Friends of the Waterfront, The Moore Theater, Velocity Dance Center, and more. Akoiya is a founding member of Black Collectivity, a group that explores memory and culture through embodied responses. She has also performed with Spectrum Dance Theater, Will Rawls, Zoe|Juniper, Third Rail Projects, SoloMagic, and Black Collectivity. She also has the pleasure of teaching at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ailey Camp.


12th Avenue Arts is fully accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. The lobby, bathrooms and theater spaces are at street level, and seating is available without the need for an elevator or stairs. ASL interpretation will be provided at one of the performances. Bathrooms will be gender neutral.

For specific questions and accommodations, please contact Shirley at operations@velocitydancecenter.org


The Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, ArtsFund, and 4Culture. It is also supported by our community of individual donors, community partners, and arts advocates. 


The Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, ArtsFund, and 4Culture. It is also supported by our community of individual donors, community partners, and arts advocates.