Applications Due | SEP 15 at 11:59 PM

Velocity invites Seattle-based emerging choreographers to apply for The Bridge Project 2024, presented this year in partnership with Base. 

The Bridge Project, part of Velocity’s Residency Programs, is a 6-week residency and performance program for movement-based artists new to making work, or who have been making work in the greater Seattle area for 5 years or less and self-identify as an emerging dance artist, who is interested in mentorship and challenging/deepening their choreographic process. This program offers three choreographers up to 40 hours of rehearsal space each to develop a movement research idea with a cast of up to three local auditioned dancers. The six weeks will culminate with the presentation of a new work in a fully produced weekend of performances at Base Experimental Arts Space in Georgetown. Velocity provides each choreographer with a choreography stipend, performer stipends, costume stipend, and the creative, financial and administrative support during the research and presentation process.

Selected choreographers will receive:

  • 40 hrs of rehearsal space at Base

  • Choreography stipend of $450

  • Dancer stipend of $750

  • Costume stipend of $250

  • Lighting design by Velocity technical staff

  • Mentorship and production support from Velocity staff and Curating Artist in Residence 

  • 4 in-person performances that are fully produced 

Important Dates [selected choreographers must be available for all of the following]:

  • Fri, SEP 15 | 11:59pm – Applications Close

  • Sat, OCT 21 | Production Meeting about Rehearsal/Audition Collaboration 

  • Sat, OCT 28 | 10 AM – 1 PM – Dancer audition @ Base

  • Sat, NOV 11 | Production Meeting- Framing, talking about your work and contextualizing. 

  • JAN 1-FEB 3 | Artists will schedule their own times with Creative Producer no less than 40 hours total – Intensive residency @ Base 

  • Sat, JAN 20 | 12-4PM – Production showing @ Base

    • 1 hour for each artist – showing and then discussion with designers

    • All artists present for each artist

  • FEB 5-6 | TBD – 2-hr tech rehearsal @ Base

  • Tues, FEB 6 | 6:30pm – 3-hr tech run @ Base

  • Wed, FEB 7 | 6:30pm – 3-hr dress rehearsal @ Base

  • FEB 8-10 | 7:30pm [Saturday 2pm + 7:30pm] –  Performances @ Base 


Noel Price-Bracey

Noel Price-Bracey

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.

Amy O’Neal

Amy O’Neal

[Incoming Velocity Curating Artist in Residence]

Amy O’Neal (she/they) is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and dance educator merging contemporary and hip-hop dance since 2000 to challenge notions of race, gender, and the sampling nature of innovation. She teaches and performs nationally and internationally and choreographs for concert dance, experimental performance, dance film, music video, and virtual reality. From 2000 to 2010, along with musician and composer Zeke Keeble, O’Neal co-directed locust, a dance/music/video hybrid performance company based in Seattle. From 2010 until now, she works project to project creating dance experiences merging practices and values of hip hop and house dance culture with experimental performance. O’Neal is a grantee of Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts among others. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, DanceWEB/Impulstanz scholar, and Herb Alpert Award nominee with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, where she earned the first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. After 20 years in Seattle (15 of those teaching and creating at Velocity Dance Center) O’Neal moved to Los Angeles in 2016. She joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in 2018 where she teaches hip-hop, house, contemporary, composition, improvisation techniques, Pilates mat, and lectures on Black social dance history, practices, and media literacy. She is currently working on her next evening length work A Trio and developing a research and performance platform called The Hybrid Lab: Conversations in Merging Dance Cultures.

Alyza Delpan-Monley

Alyza Delpan-Monley

[Velocity Curating Artist in Residence]

Alyza DelPan-Monley (they/she) believes in the expressive power that can be accessed in the body through movement. Known for their embrace of whimsy, quirky non-sequitors and esoteric theatricality, they take inspiration from physical theatre, clowning, puppetry, cartoons, and a myriad of movement styles. As a movement designer and choreographer, their work has been presented at Cafe Nordo (Violet’s Attic, Jitterbug Perfume), Washington Ensemble Theater (Teh Internet, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., Straight White Men, Dance Nation), and ArtsWest (Office Hour, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion) and at 5th Avenue Theatre (ASTH, Sweeney Todd). They perform and collaborate regularly with Salvage Rituals and they are a company member and dancer with MALACARNE. Alyza is Velocity Dance Center’s Curating Artist in Residence through September 2023. As a mixed-race queerdo 2nd gen immigrant, they are always thinking about the liminal identity and the assumptions made on the perceived body, and how performance can both expand and restrict the possibilities of legibility. They strive to participate in and build processes where everyone feels like they can exist in their fullest selves by cultivating and celebrating every bodies’ unique form of expression.

Shane Donohue

Shane Donohue

[Velocity Creative Producer]

Shane Donohue (he/they) is a Seattle based dance artist currently working as co-top with Drama Tops and Creative Producer at Velocity Dance Center. He works closely with zoe | juniper as a dancer and rehearsal director. He has set work with, and for, Zoe Scofield at the University of Washington, Strictly Seattle, Whim W’him, Bard Summerscape’s production of “Le Roi Arthus” in 2021. His work has been seen in Next Fest Northwest. He also works as an artistic collaborator and performer with Kim Lusk, Kinesis Project, Scott Shoemaker’s “:PROBED”, and BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon’s Holiday Special in the live, national tour and on Hulu. Shane graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a BA in Dance.

The Bridge Project 2024 is presented by Velocity in partnership with Base and our awesome community of individual donors.