SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE + IMPROVISATION

PROFESSIONAL COHORT

July 14 – August 3, 2024

SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE + IMPROVISATION

PRO COHORT

July 16 – August 5

The Professional Cohort is for dancers with, or looking to gain, professional dance experience. Participants in this cohort have the opportunity to train with national dance artists and build relationships that can kickstart a professional career in this city and beyond. The Professional Cohort is a daytime intensive experience where you’ll dance all day in challenging morning technique classes, and new-work creation processes with established choreographers. 

This year is the first year we are offering a modular sign up experience for the Professional Cohort.

Register for WEEK 1 to make a new, site-responsive work with Jasmine Hearn at Freeway Park.

Register for WEEKS 2-3 to make a new work for the stage with Lavinia Vago.

Or sign up for the Full Professional Cohort to learn and perform two new works in three weeks!

This level is perfect for you if you are a dancer that is interested in pursuing a professional career in dance, or is already working professionally as a dancer and is at least 18 years of age.

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE COHORT INCLUDES:

  • MORNING TECHNIQUE CLASS
  • AFTERNOON REHEARSALS
  • DISCUSSIONS + SHARINGS
  • THREE FINAL PERFORMANCES

Full – $950

2 Week – $750

1 Week – $450

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

BALLET RITUALS

THE MOVE: EXPERIMENTS INSIDE THE GROOVE

MY BODY, MY VOICE

CLASS WITH JASMINE HEARN

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE, A HARDCORE MANIFESTO

UNDERCURRENT

HONEY N SENSUALITEA

MEET THE FACULTY

Sign up for full research week to choose one morning, midday AND afternoon intensive/drop-in slot from the options below. Registration for individual intensives opens June 20th.

JASMINE HEARN

Professional Cohort Week 1

JASMINE HEARN

PROCESS:

Title: We’ll remember your spine, Matr.

Join Jasmine Hearn in an extended an embodied listening practice.

This week-long experience bridges practices of dance, movement, and embodied poetics. Together we will listen to the land coordinates of Freeway Park while considering its history and potential future sourcing land and celestial histories of the site’s coordinates.

The creative process centers the prompt, what should I know in order to arrive and depart as keeper of the place’s collective memory?

Together with our breathing, stilling, listening, and moving bodies — we will build recipes in response.

You will be asked to

  • care of yourself
  • reference all the ways you have learned to move (Jawole Willa Jo Zollar)
  • listen
  • respond
  • rest when you need

This week will culminate in a site-specific performance in Seattle’s Freeway Park.

ARTIST:

Jasmine Hearn is an interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, choreographer, organizer, doula, and teacher. They are committed to performance as an expansive practice that includes a spectrum of dance and somatic traditions and techniques, sound design, garment design, and the archiving of matrilineal memories. They give gratitude to Spirit, their mothers and aunties, and all the mothering Black people who have supported their moving, remembering body.

Hearn has performed their work at venues such as the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA (2021); New York Live Arts, New York, NY (2021); Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX (2021); Danspace Project, New York, NY (2019, 2017); and BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY (2016). They have also performed with the companies Helen Simoneau Danse, Urban Bush Women, and David Dorfman Dance, among others, and collaborated with many artists, including Holly Bass, Maria Bauman, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Gerard & Kelly, Vanessa German, Li Harris, Bill T. Jones, Solange Knowles, Ayanah Moor, Lovie Olivia, Staycee Pearl, Alesandra Seutin, and Alisha B. Wormsley.

Hearn is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2023), Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize in Design with collaborator Athena Kokoronis of Domestic Performance Agency (2023), a Creative Capital Award (2022), New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Performer (2021, 2017), a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (2019), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants (2022, 2017). They have been awarded residencies through Movement Research, New York, NY; Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.

Hearn, born and raised on occupied lands now known as Houston, TX, studied dance and sound with a multitude of teachers, including their sister, cousins, aunties, instructors, and friends at family events, church, and took class at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. They have also been greatly influenced by teachers, mentors, and collaborators, including Byronné J Hearn, Claudette Nickens Johnson, Joy KMT, Barbara Mahler, Pamela Pietro, Kendra Portier, Samita Sinha, Sandra Organ Solis, jhon r. stronks, Sherie van den Wijngaard, Charmaine Warren, Marýa Wethers, Bennalldre Williams, Marlies Yearby, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Hearn received a B.A. from Point Park University.

Photo by Kitoko Chargois

LAVINIA VAGO

Professional Cohort Weeks 2-3

LAVINIA VAGO

PROCESS:

“inside a music box with snakes that swells”
or
“in chaos finds peace”
or
“I Loves Me Club Nasty “

Improvisation is the choreographic code to create our work. Our systems build a dance that remains expansive, breathing, present, intentional, playful.
We will use the solo form to dig deep inside our own body memory / mind / soul / desires and our deepest demons while creating a multitude of experiences in a collective journey.

“I realized that performance was the best way to deal… it has the immediacy of need, the intensity of life, and the freedom of the ephemeral.”

Weeks 2 + 3 will culminate in a performance as part of the Performance Cohorts Showcase.

ARTIST:

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.

www.laviniavago.com
@laviniavago

Photo by Salt Photo

TEACHING ARTISTS

NIA-AMINA MINOR

HANNAH SIMMONS + ALETHEA ALEXANDER

KEYES WILEY

HILARY GRUMMAN

TRACEY WONG

PAYMENTS + DEPOSITS + REFUNDS

PAYMENT OPTIONS

To reserve your spot you can either pay in full* or hold your place with a non-refundable $350 deposit. Full payment to confirm your registration is required by June 19.

Registration for a la carte intensives, classes, workshops, and jams will open on June 20 and spaces will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. To register a la carte you will pay in full, though let us know if you need to discuss a payment plan. 

Please contact Shirley Wong, operations@velocitydancecenter.org, for any questions or clarifications about registration or payment. 

*ULTIMATE SFD+I, PERFORMANCE Cohorts, and RESEARCH Week payments include a $350 non-refundable deposit.

 

REFUND POLICY

Velocity’s refund policies were created to offer as much flexibility to our community as possible, while still protecting SFD+I from risk and instability. 

The refund schedule for the Ultimate SFD+I, Performance Cohorts, or Research Week is: 

  • Before June 19: All registration fees, less the $350 non-refundable deposit, are fully refundable for any reason. 
  • After June 19: All registration fees, less the $350 non-refundable deposit, are 50% refundable for any reason.
  • After your first class begins: All registration fees are non-refundable for any reason, including illness or injury. 

The refund schedule for all a la carte intensives, workshops or classes (available after June 20) is:

  • After you register: All registration fees are 50% refundable for any reason.
  • After your first class begins: All registration fees are non-refundable for any reason, including illness or injury. 

ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS AVAILABLE?

WORK STUDY

Velocity’s Summer Work/Study program provides the opportunity for participants to receive discounted attendance to the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation in exchange for festival support. The deadline for this program is February 1st. Please email operations@velocitydancecenter.org with any questions.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.

 

TBIPOC TUITON WAIVER

As a part of Velocity’s Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation we are providing $10,000 in fee waivers to dancers who identify as Transgender, Black, Indigenous, and/or as People of Color, in an effort to shift power to Transgender and BIPOC communities. The deadline for this program is February 1st. Please email operations@velocitydancecenter.org with any questions.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.

IS HOUSING AVAILABLE DURING THE FESTIVAL?

PARTICIPANT HOUSING

Velocity is proud to partner with Seattle University to provide housing to SFD+I participants within walking distance to classes and events at 12th Ave Arts!

Seattle University offers the following:

  • Flexible Timelines
  • Two meals per day (breakfast + dinner) – not included on checkin or check out days
  • Linens, Pillows, and towels

Timeline Options:

Week 1 (July 13 – July 21)
Single Occupancy – $900
Double Occupancy – $700 per person

Week 2-3 (July 20 – Aug 4)
Single Occupancy – $1500
Double Occupancy – $1200 per person

Week 1-3 (July 13 – Aug 4)
Single Occupancy – $2400
Double Occupancy – $1900 per person

Week 4 (Aug 3 – Aug 11)
Single Occupancy – $800
Double Occupancy – $600 per person

Week 1-4 (July 13 – Aug 11)
Single Occupancy – $3100
Double Occupancy – $2500 per person

Refund Policy: For housing, we have a 60 day refund policy minus a $250 non-refundable deposit. Outside of the deposit, the payment is refundable up until May 13 of 2024. Any payment made after May 12 is non-refundable.

Notes: buildings and rooms will be assigned in late spring of 2024. There are no scholarships available for housing at SFD+I.

 

APPLY

ARE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR SFD+I?

INTERNSHIPS

Velocity is honored to partner with NW Folklife to provide one Summer Programming Internship from May – October. This internship will help program two international festivals, SFD+I and Mouthwater Festival.

APPLY

HOW DO I ACCESS CLASSES AS A DROP-IN PARTICIPANT?

DROP-INS

Morning technique classes and Intermediate evening technique classes are open for drop-ins. Registration for these classes will be through Jot Form, where drop-in participants can register and pay. Registration for Drop-In classes will open on June 20.

REGISTER FOR YOUR IMMERSIVE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

ULTIMATE SFD+I

Velocity’s best summer dance experience combines your chosen PERFORMANCE Cohort and the full RESEARCH Week for a money-saving, bundled price of $1200 $995 with early bird pricing before Feb 15!.

 

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