July 7- July 27
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.
PROFESSIONAL/ ADVANCED TRACK
Choreographers – Zoe Scofield, Alyza DelPan-Monley
M–F / 9:30AM–5:30PM
The professional/advanced track is for dancers who are on the cusp of dancing professionally. With training in the morning and rehearsals in the afternoon, this track is for those who are ready for a 9-5 work week of all dance. Highly challenging classes include daily contemporary technique, contemporary ballet, creative process, partnering, improvisation, and more!
Participants in the professional/advanced track will take part in a placement audition on registration day to determine casting.
ADULT BEGINNER TRACK
Choreographer – TBA
M–F / 6PM–9:30PM
The adult beginner track is for those with little or no previous dance experience. With technique classes in contemporary and ballet, you’ll come out of these three weeks with boosted confidnece and coordination!
ADULT BEGINNING HIP HOP TRACK
with Jaret Hughes
11:30AM–2:30PM / M–F
This fun, high-energy track is designed for participants with little to no dance experience. With a foundation in hip hop moves and rhythm, Jaret instills confidence and fun throughout, culminating in a final original hip hop performance.
HIGH INTERMEDIATE TRACK
Choreographer – TBA
M–F / 6PM–9:30PM
The High-Intermediate track is for dancers with at least a few years of dance training who are feeling ready for a challenge, or for advanced dancers who want rigorous training on an evening schedule. Classes include contemporary dance and ballet.
ADULT LOW INTERMEDIATE TRACK
Choreographer – Maya Soto
M–F / 6PM–10PM
The Low-Intermediate Track is perfect for Beginning Track alums who want to take their technique to the next level. If you have some dance experience but haven’t been in the studio in a while, or are coming fresh out of an introductory level class, this track will help you grow without pushing you past your limit. Classes include contemporary dance and ballet.
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
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
2015 Guggenheim Fellow ZOE SCOFIELD is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle Washington since 2002. In 2005 Zoe began working with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey on video, photographic and dance collaborations shown in visual art galleries, museums and theaters. They have been commissioned and presented by national and international arts centers such as, On the Boards, PICA, Trafo House of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, NYLA, Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Body Festival (New Zealand), Yerba Buena Center, Columbia College Chicago, DiverseWorks, The Frye Art Museum, the MET Museum, NY Philharmonic and many more. They have taught workshops and given lectures on dance, photography, collaboration and installation throughout the US and internationally. Learn more
Alyza DelPan-Monley (she/they) is a Seattle-based dancer and choreographer, seeking to brighten her surroundings with splashes of whimsy, human connection and goofy possibilities. She loves dancing in every context and is always excited to find the unexpected places dance can show up or the synthesis that happens when you begin with movement as your access point. Known for their quirky non-sensical non-sequiturs and character-ridden theatrics, Alyza believes that dance can burst bubbles and repurpose awkward into awesome. Learn more
ADULT HIP HOP
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!
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.
ADULT HIGH INTERMEDIATE
Choreographers + faculty will be announced January 2020!
ADULT LOW INTERMEDIATE
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.
MAYA SOTO is a Seattle based choreographer, performer and dance educator. A successful freelance artist for 15+ years, her work includes concert performance, movement installations, and dance for theater and film. She has performed with many notable artists including Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, Amy O’Neal, and KT Neihoff. She has created 9 evening length works and her choreography has been featured in many prominent PNW dance festivals including Northwest New Works and Seattle International Dance Festival. Maya is a 2018 recipient of the James Ray Residency Grant. Additionally, her work has been supported by 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, and Allied Arts Foundation. In 2014, she was honored with the Velocity Dance Champion Award for significant contribution to Seattle dance. Passionate about arts education, Maya is on faculty at Velocity Dance Center and the Northwest School. She offers an open-hearted energetic teaching style that embraces all people. She has taught dance extensively in the K-12 public school system as well as in institutions including Cornish College, Bellevue College and Highline School District’s Arts and Academics Academy. Maya holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and a WA State Professional Teaching Certificate. mayasotodance.com
ADULT BEGINNER FACULTY + CHOREOGRAPHERS
Choreographers + faculty will be announced January 2020!
KAITLIN MCCARTHY is a dance artist operating in Seattle, WA since 2010.
She grew up dancing in Ann Arbor, Michigan and continued dancing on the East coast, where she graduated summa cum laude from Mt Holyoke College. In Seattle she has danced with over a dozen local artists and has choreographed work for Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Evoke Productions, BOOST Dance Festival, Washington Ensemble Theatre, SOIL Gallery, SIDF, and several self-produced shows, including HOT MESS and Eight Abigails.
Improvisation and experimentation are driving forces in her work, guided by intuition, intellectualism, and a midwestern work ethic.
Kaitlin is a member of the Seattle Contact Improvisation Lab, teaches dance at Velocity, and is the Editor of SeattleDances. As a freelance writer she has published over 100 articles for City Arts Magazine, SeattleDances, and Dance International Magazine.
See Kaitlin’s website for more info.
PRICING & REGISTRATION
$850 (Early bird $750 before March 31)
ADULT INTERMEDIATE SESSION
$750 (Early bird $650 before March 31)
ADULT BEGINNING SESSION
$750 (Early bird $650 before March 31)
ADULT BEGINNING HIP HOP SESSION
$650 (Early bird $550 before March 31)
PERFORMANCES & PUBLIC EVENTS
Velocity is currently looking for summer interns and work/study participants! The application deadline is February 1, 2020. Apply today!
Where is Strictly seattle?
WHEN ARE THE FESTIVALS?
Strictly Seattle takes place July 7-27, 2019
Performances are July 26 + 27, 2019
IS HOUSING OFFERED?
Yes! Velocity will be offering optional housing to participants who need/want it. Housing options will be announced by the end of February, 2020.
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 email@example.com
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:
- If you pay the remainder before May 17th, you can still get the Early Bird discount.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 March 31, 2020 / 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 February 29, 2020 / Midnight PST., and applications will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter.
- Velocity also offers two Summer Programs Internships, which give interns the chance to learn how to program and run a national dance festival. Applications are due by February 29, 2020 / Midnight PST.
- We welcome applications from everywhere. The interview process can happen either in person, on the phone, or via Skype.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.