Velocity is Seattle’s award-winning, premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance, fulfilling an un-duplicated role as the essential incubator and forward-thinking laboratory for new dance in the Pacific Northwest. A “national nexus for dance,” Velocity is recognized as a leader in artist, audience, and dance development. With artist-driven, community-centered artistic and education programs, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity is a portal for those new to dance and a catalytic community resource with artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, an annual international dance festival, year-round artist residency programs, celebrated humanities programs that activate cross-disciplinary dialogue, as well as weekly community events from social dances to family-style dinners.

“It’ll be cool to see what these dancers … accomplish in the coming year under the guidance and protection of Velocity, an organization that is less a dance company and more like a hotbed of creativity that nurtures and supports dancers as they explore performing art to sometimes extraordinary limits.”—Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog


“How did [Velocity] and its support of local dancers contribute to your career?
In every way possible.”—Corrie Befort of Salt Horse, Seattle Dance Examiner


“Again and again, Velocity proves itself as both supporter and taste maker for dance in Seattle.”—SeattleDances


A leading national incubator for new dance since its founding, Velocity has presented the ideas of hundreds of experimentalists, some of whom—Tere O’Connor, Reggie Watts, Miguel Guitierrez, Zoe Scofield, Anouk van Dijk, Morgan Thorsen, Danielle Agami/Ate9, Amy O’Neal, Keith Hennessey—are now established names in contemporary dance and performance. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity has also hosted intensives, performances, and premieres by contemporary performance stars including Ralph Lemon, Pat Graney, John Jasperse, Faye Driscoll, Jennifer Monson, Ismael Houston-Jones, Deborah Hay, zoe|scofield, KT Niehoff, Dayna Hanson, Kate Wallich, and many more.

Velocity is Seattle’s only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work and disciplined practice coexist. Our mission is to advance contemporary dance by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange.


email: info@velocitydancecenter.org
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Twitter: @VDCseattle
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“Velocity names new Executive Director”Capitol Hill Times, January 28, 2019

“Velocity dances into its 20th year”Capitol Hill Times, September 22, 2016

Podcast: Seattle’s Tonya Lockyer Creates Community Through Dance—13 for ’13 Series, The Seattle Times + KUOW, July 7, 2013

Tonya Lockyer: ‘power personality’ turns Velocity around—13 for ’13 Series, The Seattle Times + KUOW, July 7, 2013