July 7- July 27

Strictly Seattle

IMMERSIVE TRAINING / PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES /
PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS / ARTISTIC GROWTH

Strictly Seattle is the perfect three-week immersion in the Seattle dance scene. Whether you’re a young professional
looking to spend your summer training and performing, or you’re brand new to dance and would like a jump-start to getting to train and dance with world-class teachers, these three weeks will challenge and nurture you as you tackle daily classes and perform in a brand new original work by Seattle’s best choreographers.

Tracks

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PROFESSIONAL/ ADVANCED TRACK

Choreographers – Pat Graney, Dani Tirrell, Kate Wallich
Additional faculty – Jade Solomon Curtis, Jody Kuehner, Gilbert Small
9:30AM–5:30PM / M–F

PROFESSIONAL/ ADVANCED TRACK

The professional/advanced track is for dancers at an advanced-to-professional level of training. Dancers develop a new work in collaboration with three celebrated Seattle choreographers. Highly challenging classes include daily contemporary technique, contemporary ballet, West African, creative process, partnering, improvisation, and Hip Hop. Audition at Velocity on July 7 (registration day) to confirm level and casting.

ADULT BEGINNING TRACK

Choreographer – Maya Soto
Additional faculty – Natascha Greenwalt
6PM–9:30PM / M–F

ADULT BEGINNING TRACK

The adult beginner track is for those with little or no previous dance experience. Participants learn the basics of contemporary movement and create a new work in collaboration with a professional Seattle choreographer. Technique classes include contemporary dance and ballet.

ADULT BEGINNING HIP HOP SESSION

with Jaret Hughes
11:30AM–2:30PM / M–F

ADULT BEGINNING HIP HOP SESSION

The adult beginning hip-hop track is for those with little or no previous dance experience. This fun, high-energy track gives participants confidence with Hip Hop moves and rhythms. Dancers develop a new work in collaboration with veteran Hip Hop choreographer Jaret Hughes.

DANCE FILM TRACK

with KT Niehoff and faculty
10AM-6PM / SAT + SUN
*Students will put in additional independent hours for filming and editing on weekdays

DANCE FILM TRACK

As a part of Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive, this three-week workshop offered in partnership with Northwest Film Forum takes the new dance filmmaker through every step of the process as they create their own short dance film. Participants will learn the necessary preparatory elements of creating a film – sound and choreographic elements, storyboarding, location scouting, styling, and rehearsing material through the perspective of the camera’s lens. Each student will then have the opportunity to shoot their film with a professional cinematographer, learning on-set vernacular and how to effectively convey their directorial vision to their cameraperson. In the final stages, students will learn basic editing skills, with a professional editor, director and composer available as mentors. Final short films will be shown at the Strictly Seattle Performances.

ADULT INTERMEDIATE TRACK

Choreographers – Mark Haim, Veronica Lee-Baik
Additional Faculty – Natascha Greenwalt
6PM–10PM / M–F

ADULT INTERMEDIATE TRACK

The adult intermediate track is for dancers with at least a few years of dance training who want to take their technique and artistry to the next level. Dancers develop a new work in collaboration with one of two celebrated Seattle choreographers. Classes include contemporary dance and ballet.

FACULTY BIOS

One of the things that makes Strictly so special is the team of artists dancers get to study and dance with. Learn more about your teachers and classes by browsing the bios below!

PROFESSIONAL /  ADVANCED
FACULTY + CHOREOGRAPHERS

Kate Wallich


CHOREOGRAPHY:
Kate will be re-setting Industrial Ballet on the dancers of Strictly Seattle. Industrial Ballet was originally a performance created by the YC. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Kate Wallich
is a Seattle based choreographer, director and educator – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. She has left a significant mark in the Pacific Northwest with her all-abilities community dance class Dance Church™, her companies The YC and YC2, and through her non-profit arts organization Studio Kate Wallich . Her work has been commissioned and presented by On the Boards, Seattle Theatre Group, The Joyce Theater, Mass Moca, Seattle Art Museum/Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, Springboard Danse Montreal, and many others. For Strictly Seattle, she will be setting choreography from her acclaimed Industrial Ballet on Advanced/Professional students.

 

Pat Graney


CHOREOGRAPHY:
Pat will be creating a study with students exploring material related to her performance ATTIC, the third piece in her Girl Gods trilogy. The final performance is set to premiere with On The Boards in 2020.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney received Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for 11 consecutive years, as well as from Artist Trust, the Washington State Arts Commission, the NEA International Program, National Corporate Fund for Dance and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is the recipient of the Alpert Award, US Artists in Dance Award, and The Doris Duke Performing Arts Award. Her project Keeping the Faith / The Prison Project is one of the longest-running prison arts programs in the U.S.

Dani Tirrell


CHOREOGRAPHY:
Jackie and The Children is a new work inspired by the love and music of Ms. Jackie Shane. Ms. Shane was a Black/Trans soul singer in the 1960’s and 1970’s. J&TC’s movement is based in African and African American dance traditions. I am exploring how to just feel good in your body and move. This is also in celebration of the many Black and Brown Trans freedom fighters. Utilizing rhythm and movement in the pelvis will be a central part of this new work. The deeper meaning of J&TC is how Black and Brown Trans activists shaped our views on the world, it will not shy away from just pure fun and the joy of movement.

ARTIST BIO:
Dani Tirrell is a Black, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming movement-based artist, and uses Dani as his/her preferred pronoun. The focus of Dani’s work is centered on Black women/womxn/womyn that includes trans and GNC women/womxn/womyn. Dani’s background is in modern dance, but also incorporates House, Vouge and Whacking. Dani has choreographed works for Northwest Tap Connection (Seattle), Full Circle Dance Company (Detroit), Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit (Detroit), Detroit Windsor Dance Academy (Detroit) and has taught workshops centered on gender/sexuality/race at Texas Festival of Dance Improvisation (Texas Women’s University). Dani will continue with the position of lecturer in the University of Washington Dance Department, teaching Street and Club Styles. Dani’s latest work Black Bois premiered at On the Boards (Seattle) in April 2018.

Jade Solomon Curtis

Jade Solomon Curtis is a dance artist and choreographer who integrates classical and African-American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. A celebrated soloist of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, Curtis is the subject of an Emmy Award-winning short film, Jade Solomon Curtis directed by Ralph Bevins. She received SeattleDance’s first Dance Crush Award for Performance/Choreography in the riveting workshop of Black Like Me that lead to further development and funding from the National Dance Project.

Alice Gosti

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
In this creative process class, within a creative energetic autonomous environment, we will investigate and explore movement materials and improvisation scores around the primary themes of Alice’s work. We will be looking at, researching and studying durational performance and site specific performance.

ARTIST BIO:
ALICE GOSTI
 (she/her/hers) is an Italian-American Immigrant choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2012 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance Award, the 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, the 2015 inaugural Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program as a Director and Velocity’s 2015 Made in Seattle Artist, NEFA’s National Dance Project 2016 and of the inaugural Italian Council Grant from the Italian Minister of Culture (MiBACT). Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally and Internationally in universities, theaters, museums and galleries. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous.” http://gostia.com  

Jody Kuehner

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This Pop Modern class is set up for the professional dancer to train. Through flow and strengthening, focus and rigor, play and pop music we build mechanisms for performance. The satisfaction and elation of integrating an intelligent body in time and space.

ARTIST BIO:
Jody Kuehner is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, and performance artist Cherdonna Shinatra. She is 2017 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient, 2017 Henry Art Gallery Artist in Residence, 2017 CityArts Artist of the year, 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner, and Velocity Dance Center’s 2014 Artist in Residence. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle. She was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project in 2016 and toured nationally. Jody was Dayna Hanson’s Production Coordinator and Assistant Director 2010-2015 for various projects. She danced with Pat Graney company from 2007 – 2016 also assisting Graney’s KTF Prison Project.

Wade Madsen

ARTIST BIO:
Wade Madsen received his Bachelor’s degree from the University New Mexico, where he majored in theater and dance. Wade later toured with Tandy Beal, Bill Evans, and Dayna Hanson. Wade is a choreographer and has over 180 works to his credit, many of which have premiered at Cornish Dance Theater since he joined the faculty in 1984. Professor Madsen teaches all levels of contemporary technique classes, multiple levels of choreography and creative practice courses, repertory and partnering, as well as facilitating the interdisciplinary course Hybrid Collaborations.

In the fall of 2018, Madsen created a new work for Cornish Dance Theater, presented in the newly created Solo: A Festival of Dance at On the Boards, along with a new commission for a site specific work in Riverside, California. In the spring of 2019, Wade will return with the cast of The Event by Peggy Piacenza for a performance and gallery installation in Seattle.

KT Niehoff

Adv/Prof Creative Process: Reinvent Your Eye
This work uses improvisational scores to examine the components associated with creating non-linear, non-narrative performance art. Structures are designed to dissect elements such as personal movement vocabulary, space / architecture, theatrical elements, time / timing, identification of an idea and development, risk and wild card. Participants focus on defining each element’s parameters and universal properties, as well as individual likes / dislikes and aesthetics. Over time, the elements combined in multiple configurations, allowing the work to develop in complexity and possibility. Because the class uses improvisational scores as the exploration device, the group also focuses on working effectively with an ensemble, maximizing opportunities for intelligent, in the moment decision-making, or spontaneous composition.

ARTIST BIO:
KT Niehoff is an artist whose focus is the complex relationship between bodies and space. She creates multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, immersive performance environments, with highly crafted audience participation. These experiences both integrate and transcend choreography, music, design, film and technology, narrative and audience/artist proximity. During her career she has built over 30 works that have toured performance venues, festivals and colleges throughout the US and in Japan, Canada, Germany and Ecuador. Notable fellowships, awards, articles and grants include: James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Nominee (’17), New Filmmakers NYC Official Selection (’15), Miami Short Film Festival Official Selection, (14’), MAP Fund recipient (’12-’13), Cover Feature Dance Teacher Magazine (’12), San Francisco International Dance Film Festival Official Selection (’10), Dance Magazine’s “International Women in Dance” featured artist (’08), among many others.

Gilbert Small

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
A traditional ballet class, using imagery and sensation to provoke a deeper, more visceral experience. This class is aimed to get us out of our heads and into our bodies.

ARTIST BIO:
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gilbert Small started his professional ballet training at the age of 10 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has studied at various programs in North America and Europe. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. While at Purchase, Gilbert was given the opportunity to study abroad at Codarts in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has performed with Toronto-based ProArteDanza as well as New York-based A.I.M, The Dash Ensemble and Sidra Bell Dance New York. Gilbert is in his 10th season with Ballet BC. The last 2 years he’s been a guest artist with the company and also collaborating with them as a Rehearsal Director. Gilbert is also a collaborator with Seattle-based zoe | juniper.

Alia Swersky

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This modern partnering workshop will blend elements of solo improvisational practice, group scores, Contact Improvisation, and specific partnering skills.  The class will focus primarily on the foundations of partnering, and applying these skills in set partnering material.  We will range from subtle, sensation-based work, through the intricacies of touch, to dynamic physical contact including falling, lifting, and catching.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
ALIA SWERSKY
 is a movement artist, performer and teacher, engaged deeply in the vital act of dance improvisation. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in dance and now teaches as part of the creative process curriculum at Cornish as an adjunct faculty member since 2005. Swersky has taught at Velocity’s Strictly Seattle Festival and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). She was a long time Co-artistic director of Dance Art Group (DAG), a non-profit organization that promotes the practice and appreciation of dance and somatic education in the Seattle area, including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Alia has taught yoga continuously for over 10 years and invites this influence into her dance work and teaching. Other influences include contact improvisation, release/somatic techniques, Authentic Movement, Tuning Scores, Aikido, Buddhist meditation, and many pivotal dance partners and teachers. Alia danced and toured nationally and internationally as a member of the LeGendre Performance Group. She has also collaborated and performed in the works of many Seattle artists including The Maureen Whiting Company, Khambatta Dance Company, Jurg Koch, KT Niehoff of Lingo Dance, and Salt Horse. Alia has been actively performing, and creating improvisational and choreographic works in Seattle since 1998.

Lavinia Vago


CLASS DESCRIPTION: Redefining Technique: a contemporary practice
Through the analysis of our mind/body channel, as dichotomy or unity, together we will rediscover technique as a method of accomplishing a desired aim. Contrived by structures, pathways, tasks and circumstances, we will cultivate awareness, abandonment and control. Technique will arise solely from our constant goal: to push our physical imagination further, while achieving agency and command. Our bodies will arrive in the most distorted places, and our minds will learn to master them. And viceversa. In a landscape of improvisational mechanics, along with a new approach to technical choreographic studies, we will get exhausted together.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
LAVINIA VAGO
 is a dance artist from Italy, based in Seattle, working between NYC, Montréal, Berlin and Vienna. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts. She has created, performed and toured internationally with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Vim Vigor Dance Theater, Loni Landon Projects, Saint Genet, Tom Weinberger and more extensively with Rubberbandance
Group. She has been co-directing, creating, and performing with Kate Wallich +
The YC since 2010 and has been a rehearsal director for YC2 since its founding in 2017. She also works as a choreographic assistant and rehearsals director for Loni Landon, Kate Wallich and Victor Quijada, recently assisting him in a new creation at Staatstheater Mainz, Germany. As an educator she has taught at Strictly Seattle, Velocity Dance Center, Marymount College, Purchase College, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Domaine Forget, Springboard Danse Montréal, L’école de danse contemporaine de Montréal, L’école supérieure de ballet du Québec. She teaches her own contemporary improvisational class as well as Dance ChurchTM and the RUBBERBAND Method. She was recently trained to teach Dance for Parkinson’s disease and will soon begin teaching classes in Seattle.

ADULT HIP HOP

Jaret Hughes

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learning the basic fundamentals of hip hop while creating a routine with some new and old skool flare for the performance. Warm-up, conditioning and progressions across the floor are just some of the tools included to help you get ready for the stage!

ARTIST BIO:
Jaret Hughes
 has 14 years of dance experience, with Hip Hop being his specialty along with training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African. Choreography credits include the L.A. Clippers Spirit Dance Team (guest choreographer), Seattle Supersonics Dance Team for 5 years, founder of 2wisted Elegance from Seattle and LA’s debut of 2wisted Elegance with the help of his good friend Joey Cooper, Modazz Competition Teams at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions, co-choreographer and dancer for EVE in LA, and assistant choreographer / assistant Artistic Director for the “Invitation Feedback” video contest submission for Janet Jackson. Performances include: Seattle’s Kube 93’s Summer Jam for 3 years with Twisted Elegance, which included sharing the main stage with artists such as Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet, Naughty By Nature and many more. Jaret has shared his choreography expertise with various high school and college dance teams throughout Washington, California and Idaho.

DANCE / FILM

KT Niehoff

DANCE/FILM TRACK:
This three-week workshop offered in partnership with Northwest Film Forum takes the new dance filmmaker through every step of the process as they create their own short dance film. Participants will learn the necessary preparatory elements of creating a film – sound and choreographic elements, storyboarding, location scouting, styling, and rehearsing material through the perspective of the camera’s lens. Each student will then have the opportunity to shoot their film with a professional cinematographer, learning on-set vernacular and how to effectively convey their directorial vision to their cameraperson. In the final stages, students will learn basic editing skills, with a professional editor, director and composer available as mentors. Final short films will be shown at the Strictly Seattle Performances.

ARTIST BIO:
KT Niehoff
is an artist whose focus is the complex relationship between bodies and space. She creates multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, immersive performance environments, with highly crafted audience participation. These experiences both integrate and transcend choreography, music, design, film and technology, narrative and audience/artist proximity. During her career she has built over 30 works that have toured performance venues, festivals and colleges throughout the US and in Japan, Canada, Germany and Ecuador. Notable fellowships, awards, articles and grants include: James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Nominee (’17), New Filmmakers NYC Official Selection (’15), Miami Short Film Festival Official Selection, (14’), MAP Fund recipient (’12-’13), Cover Feature Dance Teacher Magazine (’12), San Francisco International Dance Film Festival Official Selection (’10), Dance Magazine’s “International Women in Dance” featured artist (’08), among many others.

ADULT INTERMEDIATE

Mark Haim

CHOREOGRAPHY:
Mark plans on making a new work in collaboration with intermediate track dancers. In 2016, he and the dancers created a theatrical piece to sounds of objects breaking, Etta James singing “At Last,” and a potted plant. In 2017, they created a 9-minute long unrepeated phrase of movements done in unison to Girl Talk. In 2018, they made a nature study. 2019 is up for grabs!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Mark Haim
 is in his 4th decade of making dances. Born in New York City, Mark studied as a classical pianist at the Manhattan School of Music before beginning his formal dance studies with an honorary scholarship at The Juilliard School, where he received his BFA. He has created new works for many dance companies in the US, Europe and Asia, among them the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, the Limon Dance Company, the Joffrey II Dancers, the Rotterdamse Dansgroep, the Silesian Dance Theater, the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa, CoDanceCo, the TRANS Dance Co., and Ballet Pacifica. He has restaged his works on companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Djazzex, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Since 2002, he has been guest choreographer at The Wooden Floor, an after-school organization that has promised hope and opportunity to nearly 400 low-income youth annually. He is a recipient of a 1987 NYFA Fellowship, 1988 and 1996 NEA Fellowships, and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc., the Harkness Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. In 2000, he was awarded the Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon Fellowship for Choreography. His full evening solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, On The Boards, and other venues in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. His This Land Is Your Land opened the 2013 ArtDanthe Festival in Paris, and has also been performed at the Joyce Theater, ADF, and by groups in San Diego and Beijing.

Natascha Greenwalt


Natascha Greenwalt
is a Seattle based performer, teaching artist, choreographer and GYROTONIC® Instructor. In 2005 she graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient and has performed with companies such as Spectrum Dance Theater and House of Verlaine. She has received choreographic commissions from Ballet Bellevue, Western Washington University, and Cornish College of the Arts. She teaches ballet at Exit Space: School of Dance, and has served as a guest instructor for Whitman College SDL and the Montana Dance Arts Association, DANCE This and Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle. This year marks Coriolis Dance’s 11th season for which she is the co-artistic Director and co-founder along with Christin Call.

ADULT BEGINNER FACULTY + CHOREOGRAPHERS

Maya Soto

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learn basic dance vocabulary used in Velocity’s contemporary classes with other students who have little or no previous dance experience. You will learn the foundational elements of modern/contemporary dance while developing body awareness and comfort dancing in a group. This class focuses on developing coordination, alignment and rhythm in a safe and inviting atmosphere. We will also explore tactics to remember choreography by learning and building on phrases in each class.

ARTIST BIO:
Maya Soto
is a choreographer, performer and award winning arts educator. She is a member of Catapult Dance Company and a successful independent artist. She is a recipient of the Velocity Dance Champion Award (2014) for significant contribution to Seattle dance. Her vast body of work includes concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and for film. Athleticism, embodied movement and rhythmic dynamics are pillars of her work. She brings together classical dance training and a sense of play and entertainment. She has created and produced seven evening-length shows over the last 13 years. Her choreography has been featured in every major dance festival in the Northwest including OTB/Northwest New Works Festival (SEA), BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), Pacific Dance Makers (PDX), Seattle International Dance Festival (SEA) and Conduit’s Dance+ Festival (PDX).

Natascha Greenwalt

Natascha Greenwalt is a Seattle based performer, teaching artist, choreographer and GYROTONIC® Instructor. In 2005 she graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient and has performed with companies such as Spectrum Dance Theater and House of Verlaine. She has received choreographic commissions from Ballet Bellevue, Western Washington University, and Cornish College of the Arts. She teaches ballet at Exit Space: School of Dance, and has served as a guest instructor for Whitman College SDL and the Montana Dance Arts Association, DANCE This and Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle. This year marks Coriolis Dance’s 11th season for which she is the co-artistic Director and co-founder along with Christin Call.

PRICING & REGISTRATION

PROFESSIONAL/ADVANCED SESSIONS

$850

DANCE FILM TRACK

$850 

ADULT INTERMEDIATE SESSION

$750 

ADULT BEGINNING SESSION

$750

ADULT BEGINNING HIP HOP SESSION

$650

PERFORMANCES & PUBLIC EVENTS

Strictly Seattle official participants many different opportunities to perform + connect with other artists. In addition to Strictly Outside and Strictly Seattle, artists will have two opportunities to present excerpts of new or previously developed pieces: at both SH*T GOLD: The Deep End and our private Participant Performance Night. Get feedback from some of the city’s most daring and courageous dance-makers, and meet the friends and artists you’ll collaborate with for years to come!

FAQ

Velocity is currently looking for summer interns and work/study participants, and we’ve just extended our deadline to April 19! Learn more + apply below!

Where is Strictly seattle?

Strictly Seattle is housed at Velocity Dance Center on Capitol Hill // 1621 12 Ave. Seattle, 98122

Performances will be at Broadway Performance Hall // 1625 Broadway, Seattle, 98122

WHEN ARE THE FESTIVALS?

Strictly Seattle takes place July 7-27, 2019

Performances are July 26 + 27, 2019

IS HOUSING OFFERED?

This year Velocity is partnering with Seattle University to offer a housing package for Strictly Seattle participants. It is not mandatory, but for those coming from out of town, this is a great all-inclusive housing option that includes a Seattle U meal plan.

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WHAT LEVEL SHOULD I BE IN?

To choose your level, consider the kind of experience you would like to have this summer! The festival ideally offers you a balance between challenges and growth. Talk to a teacher or instructor who knows your dancing well, and have a conversation about what level you would thrive in. Click HERE to visit our tracks descriptions. 

DOES STRICTLY SEATTLE HAVE AN AGE LIMIT?

Strictly Seattle is designed as an adult program, so we set our age minimum to 16 years of age.

If you do not meet the age minimum but still feel this opportunity is where you need to be, please feel free to reach out to Erin Johnson at erinjohnson@velocitydancecenter.org

WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WORK?

One of the most valuable aspects of attending a summer dance festival is the opportunity to engage daily with a motivated community of artists. In addition to these daily exchanges, there is the Strictly Seattle Participant Choreography Showcase on July 20th at 7PM. Spaces are limited, and you can sign up after the festival’s Opening Circle.

We will also be holding a special edition of our SH*T GOLD program on July 17th from 6-10PM. 

I'VE MADE MY $200 DEPOSIT. NOW WHAT?

After you make the deposit for Strictly, we will follow up with you, and you will have two options:

  1. If you pay the remainder before May 17th, you can still get the Early Bird discount. 
  2. If you decide to wait and pay after May 17th, you’ll need to pay the remainder of your full tuition before July 6 in order to be considered fully registered. The deposit alone only reserves your spot in the festival. 

If you have questions or are interested in paying in installments, please contact Erin Johnson at erin@velocitydancecenter.org. 

DOES STRICTLY SEATTLE HAVE AN AUDITION?

There are no auditions required for acceptance into Strictly Seattle.

There are, however auditions that help determine placement/choreographer assignments that vary by track:

For the Professional/Advanced Track there will be an audition on Opening Day (July 7) to determine which choreographer you will be working/rehearsing with for the duration of the intensive and to ensure the best fit for everyone. The audition on July 7 will consist of learning bits and pieces of choreography from each choreographer.

You MUST be at this audition for placement. No video submissions will be accepted.

For the Intermediate/Adult Beginning Tracks, the first day of class will serve as an opportunity for the teachers to ensure proper level placement for each student.

If Intermediate Track students have a preference on choreographer, they should mention it in the comment section when registering online. Although not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your preference.

DOES VELOCITY PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR WORK/STUDY?

We are unable to provide financial aid, but we do offer an Early Bird registration discount, Internships and Work/Study Scholarships:

  •  One way to save money on Strictly Seattle is to register by May 17, 2019 / 5pm PST to get the Early Bird discount.
  •  We offer partial scholarships via our summer Work/Study program. Work/Study scholarship students are essential to creating Velocity’s comfortable environment. This includes keeping the space neat, tidy, and welcoming to all. Priority applications are due April 19, 2019 / Midnight PST, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter.
  • Velocity also offers Summer Internships, which give interns the chance to learn how to program and run a national dance festival. Applications are due by Friday April 19, 2019 / Midnight PST.
  •  We welcome applications from everywhere. The interview process can happen either in person, on the phone, or via Skype.

For more info, read about the work/study program details here.

Is there public transportation near Velocity?

Yes! Public transportation in Seattle is a great way to see and get familiar with the city. The bus system takes exact change only, or you can buy an Orca card here. There are two great smartphone apps that make bus riding easier: One Bus Away and Hop Stop.

What is there to do on the weekends?

Seattle in the summer is one of the most exciting and beautiful places to be in July and August. With music festivals like the Capitol Hill Block Party and some of the nation’s best hiking and natural landscapes, you’ll have plenty of options for recreation. Velocity is located on Capitol Hill,  one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in Seattle known for its bustling arts & culture, radical queer history, and delicious food. — a city known for great art, music, culture and natural beauty. Use your weekends to explore the city, take a ferry to a neighboring island, or take advantage of Velocity’s weekend offerings including classes, performances, movie nights + more.

Will I be the only dancer not from Seattle?

No! Strictly Seattle students come from all across the country!

Will there be pointe work?

Strictly Seattle weaves ballet technique into the weekly schedule, however there is no pointe work in these classes.

How many people will be in my technique class?

To ensure a great experience for everyone, Strictly Seattle technique classes are limited to 20-25 dancers

What if I have a potential conflict with rehearsals?

Coming late/leaving early is not recommended. Fully immersing yourself into the process is ideal, and allows for a rich creative process. Please contact our Artistic Director Erin Johnson (erinjohnson@velocitydancecenter.org)  and your choreographer if you have unavoidable conflicts.

What is Velocity's refund policy for Strictly Seattle?

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Admission and class placement occurs on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes and intensives fill quickly and enrollment is limited! 

If you have paid the $200 deposit, you must pay your remaining balance by June 8. If payment is not received by June 8 your spot will be released to those on the waitlist. 

All fees paid (less $200 deposit) can be fully refunded only if written notice of cancellation is received on or before June 8. Tuition is non-refundable after this date for any reason including illness or injury.

For any further questions, please contact Operations Manager Shirley Wong at operations@velocitydancecenter.org.

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