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Recent Press Releases

February 6, 2018Velocity Presents Kim Lusk’s A Dance for Dark Horses—World Premiere of First Evening-Length Work from Fast-Rising Seattle Choreographer

November 16, 2017Velocity Presents Next Fest NW: Disruption – Weekend of Experimental Dance, Film, and Interdisciplinary Conversation


Media Coverage


“Lusk’s Tour de Farce”Tess Hansen, SeattleDances

“Kim Lusk’s Shiny Dark Horses”—Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…

“A Night of Rhythmic Underdogs: Kim Lusk’s A Dance for Dark Horses—José Amador, The Seattle Star

“Kim Lusk’s Dance for Dark Horses Is Adorable, Awkward, Athletic, Hilarious, and Like 17 Other Good Adjectives”—Rich Smith, The Stranger

“8 things to do in Seattle this weekend”—Michael Upchurch + Nicole Capozziello, Crosscut; March 1, 2018

“Playful, Heartfelt ‘A Dance for Dark Horses’ to Premiere at Velocity Dance Center”
Gavin Borchert, Seattle Magazine, March 2018

“A Dance for Dark Horses: Choreographer Kim Lusk’s delightful, demanding full-length debut”
Kaitlin McCarthy, City Arts; February 27, 2018

” I Choreograph Because My Own Story is Untold; I Need to Dance it Into Being”
Dance Magazine; February 17, 2018

Nancy Guppy spotlights upcoming arts and entertainment events (Kim Lusk at 4:02) on KING 5’s “New Day NW”

Promising Work, New Perspectives at Velocity’s Latest ‘Bridge Project’
Kaitlin McCarthy, City Arts; January 31, 2018

CI (embodied) interrogates its own history
Karen Nelson, Contact Quarterly, Vol 43.1, Winter/Spring 2018


Resources For Your Next Multimedia Project
Frances Divinagracia, Gillian Monty, The Spectator, November 29, 2017

*PRESS RELEASE – NY-Based Award-Winning Choreographer Joanna Kotze Joins Rising Seattle Choreographer Kim Lusk For Guest Artist Series Performance at Velocity
October 11, 2017

*PRESS RELEASE – Studio Kate Wallich and Velocity Present YC2: New Dances by David Harvey + Kate Wallich
October 4, 2017

Kickin’ Off the Dance Season
Lynn Tofil, Seattle Dances, September 23, 2017

5 dance events to look forward to in fall 2017
Seattle Times, September 20, 2017

“Seattle dance community takes leap of faith amid city’s changes”
Moira Macdonald and Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times, September 20, 2017

“At SH*T GOLD, The Creative Process Goes Public”
Jeffrey Rindskopf, Seattle Weekly, May 31, 2017

“I Went to Dance Church and Danced in the Dark at Velocity”
Katie Herzog, The Stranger, May 17, 2017

DanceCrush KT Niehoff: Celestial Bodies and Human Ones
Kailtin McCarthy, Seattle Dances, February 26, 2017

Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds
Rachel Gallaher, City Arts Magazine, February 23, 2017

The Multimedia Flight of KT Niehoff’s “Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds.”
Sandra Kurtz, Seattle Weekly, February 8, 2017



Divine Movement
City Arts Magazine, December 28, 2016

A Glimpse into the Underscore
Kaitlin McCarthy, Seattle Dances, December 28, 2016

New Dimensions in New Dance Cinema
Megan Stevenson, Seattle Dances, December 27, 2016

‘Next Fest NW’ Looks to the Future
Kailtin McCarthy, City Arts Magazine, December 14, 2016

At age 64, it’s okay to own your experience
Marcie Sillman, KUOW.org, December 14, 2016

At SOLO(s), One Body Is All You Need
Imana Gunawan, Seattle Dances, November 28, 2016

DANCE REVIEW: Made in Seattle: Mary Sheldon Scott’s “The SOLO(s) Project”
Michael Upchurch, michaelupchurchauthor.com, November 2016

Jim Demetre, Seattle Magazine, September 2016

Velocity Dances into its 20th Year
Anastasia Stepankowsky, Capitol Hill Times, September 22, 2016

“Velocity Dance marks 20 years in motion on Capitol Hill”
Kaylee Osowski, Capitol Hill Blog, August 31, 2016

Conflict and Cohesion at Strictly Seattle
Philippa Myler, Seattle Dances, August 19, 2016

*PRESS RELEASEVelocity Takes Off: Seattle’s Hub for Contemporary Dance and Performance Celebrates A Remarkable 20 Years
August 18, 2016

Bodies of Water Brings Art to All
Miranda Chantelois, Seattle Dances, August 4, 2016

Post-Cherdonna Cherdonna
Kaitlin McCarthy, Seattle Dances, June 9, 2016

Cherdonna Shinatra Takes a Leap
Leah Baltus, City Arts Magazine, June 8, 2016

Cherdonna Shinatra does it her way: ‘Gender fluid’ performer shakes off expectations
Jason Victor Serinus, The Seattle Times, June 2, 2016

* PRESS RELEASEV2 Springs Into Life with Art, Forums, and Events
June 1, 2016

Cherdonna shows there’s more than one way to be a woman
Marcie Sillman, KUOW, May 31, 2016

Gearshift Creates Community Think Tank
Genessee Martin, The Capitol Hill Times, May 31, 2016

‘Industrial Ballet’ is Kate Wallich’s Best Work Yet
Rachel Gallagher, City Arts Magazine, March 31, 2016

A Fiendish Conversation with Kate Wallich
Seth Sommerfeld, Seattle Met Magazine, March 23, 2016

‘Black Swan’ Meets Nine Inch Nails in Kate Wallich’s ‘Industrial Ballet’
Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, March 23, 2016

Showing Out Shows Up
Mariko Nagashima, Seattle Dances, March 10, 2016

Artists Are Taking Over The Empty Capitol Hill Value Village (For Now)
Marcie Sillman, KUOW, March 7, 2016

V2: Former Value Village Site Being Turned Into Art Space
Joe Veyera, The Capitol Hill Times, February 24, 2016

Old Capitol Hill Value Village site becomes temporary home for arts groups
Nicole Einbinder, The Seattle Times, February 23, 2016

With development still in works, V2 buys a year for arts and an old Capitol Hill building
Ari Cetron, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, February 21, 2016

Old Value Village Bldg to Reopen in March as Temporary Arts Space Shared by Velocity, One Reel
Sean Nelson, The Stranger SLOG, February 16, 2016

V2: Value Village to become temporary Capitol Hill arts space
jseattle, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, February 16, 2016

* MEDIA ALERTVelocity to Lead V2 Collaborative Art Space in Rapdily Growing Capitol Hill
February 16, 2016

A Fiendish Conversation with Bill Evans
Seth Sommerfeld, Seattle Met Magazine, February 10, 2016

Bridge Triggers Many Reactions
Anna Waller, Seattle Dances, February 9, 2015



Creativity Under Construction: County Invests $28M In Cultural Infrastructure
Capitol Hill Times Staff, The Capitol Hill Times, November 25, 2015

Add Some Velocity to Your Dance Career
Jack Smart, Backstage.com, November 3, 2015

Exploring Connections at Made in Seattle
Imana Gunawan, Seattle Dances, October 24, 2015.

A Stunner of a Dancer in a Stunner of a Piece
Michael Upchurch, MichaelUpchurchAuthor.com, October 9, 2015

Velocity Dance’s ‘Fall Kick-Off’ a party and a showcase
Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, September 25, 2015

‘Strictly Seattle’ features seven dancemakers, 84 performers
Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, July 19, 2015.

Velocity Goes Climate-Neutral
Wendy Perron, DanceMagazine.com, July 14, 2015.

MEDIA ALERTVelocity’s International Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2015 Will Be The World’s First Climate-Neutral Dance Festival
July 9, 2015

Zesty Grooves At Ate9’s Homecoming
Imana Gunawan, Seattle Dances, June 24, 2015.

Dancemaker Danielle Agami returns to Seattle with Ate9
Alice Kaderlan, The Seattle Times, June 22, 2015.

“Mouth to Mouth” Resuscitation!
Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…, June 22, 2015.

Matt Drews Goes Gaga and Danielle Agami’s ATE9 Company Performs mouth to mouth this Weekend at Velocity Dance Center
Melody Datz Hansen, The Stranger SLOG, June 19, 2015,

Classical Indian dance works your body and your brain
Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine, May 6, 2015.

Joy, Redemption And Sacred Spaces
Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…, April 27, 2015

How Do You Dance About Technology and Fascism?
Melody Datz Hansen, The Stranger, April 1, 2015.

I Told You So: The Dance Cartel Show at Velocity Was Unbelievably Good
Melody Datz Hansen, The Stranger, March 10, 2015

The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why it Matters
David Strand, Vanguard Seattle, February 16, 2015


Roundabout Way / Claudia La Rocco on Tere O’Connor at On the Boards
Claudia La Rocco, Art Forum, December 12, 2014

Velocity has a new Managing Diretor – Linda Bowers
Velocity Media Alert, June 2, 2014

Velocity dances through rent hike to keep Capitol Hill a hub for original choreography
Bryan Cohen, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, January 30, 2014

The Bridge Project Makes Performance Personal
Emily Lubinski SeattleDances, January 29, 2014

Seattle CI Lab Brings Research to Velocity’s IMP Series
Kaitlin McCarthy, SeattleDances, January 13, 2014



Next Fest NW 2013: All about the audience
Anna Waller, Seattle Dances, December 16, 2013

Touched at Velocity’s Next Fest NW
Jeremy Buben, Art Nerd Seattle, December 16, 2013

Blindfolds and Jock Straps at Next Fest NW
Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog, December 14, 2013

Seattle Youth Dance Collective at STG’s Global Dance Party
Emily Lubinski, SeattleDances, November 13 2013

Velocity Dance Center — The creative impulse
Chris Eager, Spotted by Locals, November 6 2013

Gender Fluidity and Japanese Dance at Velocity
Michael Sarko, Capitol Hill Times, October 3, 2013

Velocity Kicks Off Into A New Season
Anna Waller, SeattleDances, October 2, 2013

Velocity’s Big Bang Performance Party
Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog, September 27, 2013

Befort’s work requested for Velocity’s Opening Weekend
Rosemary Jones, Seattle Dance Examiner, September 25, 2013

Movin’ to the beat in African dance class
Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine, September 20, 2013

Art is Alive: Experimentation with Daniel Linehan
SeattleDances, Charlotte Hart, September 16, 2013

Daniel Linehan: It’s Definitely About Something
City Arts, Rachel Gallaher, September 15, 2013

Daniel Linehan is onto something with ‘Everything’
The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, September 13, 2013

Olympia-born choreographer Daniel Linehan comes home
The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, September 6, 2013

Spin Cycle: The Whirling of Daniel Linehan
Melody Datz, The Stranger, September 4, 2013

On Looking (Toward a Reboot)
No Ideas But in Things: zoe | juniper blog, Jeremy M. Barker, August 20, 2013

Dance Innovators Showcases Pure, Unadulterated Dance
SeattleDances, Imana Gunawan, August 5, 2013

At Velocity’s Strictly Seattle, Students Draw a Crowd
The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, July 31, 2013

Power in Numbers with Strictly Seattle
SeattleDances, Kaitlin McCarthy, July 30, 2013

Seattle Dance Has Still Got It
CIty Arts, Rachel Gallaher, July 29, 2013

Strictly Seattle—A Dance Critic Gets Back in the Studio
The Stranger Slog, Melody Datz, July 27, 2013

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

Getting in on the Ground Floor with zoe | juniper
The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, May 28, 2013

Floored by zoe | juniper
The Stranger Slog, Melody Datz, May 26, 2013

Ezra Dickinson Triumph and Tribute
CityArts, Rachel Gallaher, May 9, 2013

Ezra Dickinson Quietly Provokes
SeattleDances, Karena Birk, May 9, 2013

Haunting look at mental illness, laid bare on the streets
The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, May 9, 2013

No Two Performances Will Be the Same
The Stranger, Melody Datz, May 8, 2013

Cross-Pollinating the Dance World at SCUBA 2013
SeattleDances, Anna Waller, April 30, 2013

Seattle Youth Dance Collective May Showcase
Studio Notes, Dance Magazine, May 2013

Three New Works Invite Repeated Viewing at Velocity’s SCUBA 2013
The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, April 27, 2013

MEDIA ALERT Velocity recognized by National Endowment for the Arts funding
April 26, 2013

Hip Hop to it for a fun, high-energy workout
Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine, April 26, 2013

WATCH Seattle Dance Star Ezra Dickinson
New Day NW, King 5, April 9, 2013

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks!
SCUBA Philadelphia Review, thINKingDANCE, Lisa Bardarson, April 8, 2013

By way of SXSW, Velocity’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence ready to celebrate ‘the light, the feel, the energy’ of 12th Ave
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Rachel Eggers, April 7, 2013

Velocity 2013 A.I.R. Dayna Hanson on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
Seattle Channel, April 5, 2013

Velocity’s Annual Bash 2013 Guest of Honor Shirley Jenkins on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
Seattle Channel, March 29, 2013

Access Velocity Many sides of Wiley at RepSho!
SeattleDances, Kaitlin McCarthy, March 4, 2013

Access Velocity Mayhem holds sway at Hot Mess
SeattleDances, Anna Waller, February 26, 2013

Just a bus away: Blues dancing at Velocity Dance Center
The Daily of the University of Washington, Imana Gunawan, February 24, 2013

Wade Invites Participation and Displays Transformation at Fountain
SeattleDances, Anna Waller, February 18, 2013

Dance a Shamanic Dance, this Weekend at Velocity
The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, February 15, 2013

Cracking His Shell: Choreographer Jeremy Wade Becomes an Energy Fountain
The Stranger, Melody Datz, February 13, 2013

Artists Emerge with Clarity at The Bridge Project 2013
SeattleDances, Kaitlin McCarthy, February 5, 2013

MEDIA ALERT Artsy accolades: Capitol Hill makes list of top U.S arts places
The Capitol Hill Times, Corinne Whiting, January 13, 2013

MEDIA ALERT Congrats to Velocity Artists selected for On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival
January 8, 2013

MEDIA ALERT Capitol Hill named one of America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013
ArtPlace America, January 7, 2013 [PDF]
WATCH the Press Conference on The Seattle Channel



Passing the Time at Next Dance Cinema 2012 – SeattleDances, Irene Beausoleil, December 12, 2012

NextNW Real/Time Shows Real Talent – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, December 12, 2012

At Velocity’s Next NW, Dance Runs the Gamut – The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, December 8, 2012

MEDIA ALERT Seattle dancemakers claim a spot on national stage – The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, November 25, 2012

Stunning Encore by Ate9 – SeattleDances, Kaitlin McCarthy, November 13, 2012

Agami/Ate9’s ‘Sally meets Stu’ returns – The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, November 9, 2012

Party launches city’s new dance magazine – The Seattle Times, Melissa Davis, October 24, 2012

Full Bravado, Booty, and Skill – The SunBreak, Courtney Meaker, October 19, 2012

Opening Nights: Amy O’Neal – Seattle Weekly, Sandra Kurtz, October 17, 2012

The Most Innovative, Daring, and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See This Decade by Amy O’Neal at Velocity Dance Center – The Stranger, Jen Graves, October 16, 2012

Amy O/tinyrage Mesmerizes with Massive Honesty – SeattleDances, Irene E. Beausoleil, October 15, 2012

Amy O’Neal’s Innovative, Daring and Original Dance Performance – Artdish, Marcie Sillman, October 15, 2012

Vital Signs – Dance Magazine, Wendy Perron, Kina Poon + Cory Stieg, October 2012

Reading “Turbulence,” Keith Hennessy’s Dance About the Economy – The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, September 24, 2012

Hennessy’s Turbulence: Sitting in Piss That Isn’t Ours – SeattleDances, Kaitlin McCarthy, September 24, 2012

Velocity Kicks Off Season in Style – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, September 18, 2012

Going Gaga For a New Lady – CityArts, Rachel Gallaher, September 4, 2012

Sally meets Stu: When Harry met Sally and Possibly Murdered Her – SeattleDances, Christin Call, September 2, 2012

Will Seattle Go Gaga for Newcomer Choreographer Danielle Agami? – The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, August 30, 2012

Preview: Ate9’s Sally meets Stu – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, August, 28, 2012

Improvised Performances Driven by Comedy – SeattleDances, Carla María Negrete Martínez, August 12, 2012

Off the Cuff Brings Range of Teaching Surprises – SeattleDances, Victoria Jacobs, August 7, 2012

Reluctant Visionary –  Dance Teacher Magazine, Marcie Silllman, August 2012

The Intangibility of Julyen Hamilton’s World – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, July 31, 2012

Velocity Dance Center keeps Seattle on the move through the summer – The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, July 27, 2012

Strictly Seattle Bursts with Enthusiasm – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, July 29, 2012

Eager Energy at ‘Strictly Seattle’ – CityArts Blog, Rachel Gallaher, July 30 2012

Strictly Seattle – Top 10 Weekend Event – Seattle Met, July 27, 2012

At Strictly Seattle, the Gams Are Hot and the Dance is Democratic – The Stranger, Melody Datz, July 24, 2012

Velocity’s SCUBA brings flour, forks and transfiguration – The Sunbreak, Michael Van Baker, May 5, 2012

Three talented young women shine at SCUBA – SeattleDances, Carla Maria Negrete, May 6, 2012

Two days in Seattle’s Dance Wonderland – Dance Magazine, Wendy Perron, March 26, 2012

Velocity Makes Good on Promise at “Flashes of Brilliance” – SeattleDances, Kristen Legg, February 15, 2012

Velocity’s Bridge Project Delivers Some Hits, Some Misses – SeattleDances, Anne Lawrence, January 23, 2012



Thieves and Devotees at Velocity’s NextFestNW – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, December 10, 2011

Inspiring New Works at NEXT Dance Cinema – SeattleDances, Kristen Legg, December 14, 2011

Theft and Devotion: NEXT Fest NW at Velocity Dance Center – CityArts, Nate Watters, December 21, 2011

飛拉速地舞蹈中心 – Theft + Devotion (偷/奉獻) – Asia Today, Joyce Liao, December 17, 2011

New dance films evoke time and space – CrossCut, Spider Kedelsky, December 16, 2011

Velocity Dance: A mix of rap, Cyndi Lauper, daring — and a need for tightening – The Seattle Times, October 29, 2011

At Velocity Dance: Amy O’Neal and a ‘Tyger’ – The Seattle Times, October 28, 2011

Mash-ups and Tygers and Flashlights, Oh My! – SeattleDances, November 1, 2011

City Arts Fest: So You Think It’s Dance? – CityArts Online October 24, 2011

O’Neal prepares for a series of new solo and duet dances at Velocity Dance Center – Seattle Magazine, October 2011

Velocity Dance Center’s So You Think It’s Dance? Poses the Rhetorical Question – Seattlest, October 22, 2011

Velocity’s Fall Kick-Off: local dance variety pack – Seattle Times, September 24, 2011

Velocity’s BIG BANG Remix Party a True Blast – SeattleDances, September 25, 2011

Things got wiggy at Velocity Dance Center’s “Strictly Seattle” – Seattle Gay Scene, July 31, 2011

‘Strictly Seattle’ series gives young dancers a leg up – Seattle Times, July 29, 2011

Innovation Thrives at Velocity’s Bridge Project – SeattleDances, Mariko Nagashima, January 23, 2011



Velocity Dance Center’s ‘Next Fest NW’ is imagination in motion – Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, December 4, 2010

WATCH ArtZone Sneak Peek – Velocity Dance Center – The Seattle Channel, October 27, 2010

Velocity wins a 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award! – Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, June 8, 2010

A Sold-Out SCUBA 2010 at Velocity Dance Center! – The SunBreak, May 15 2010

Velocity finishes 12th Ave move with parade through Pike/Pine – Capitol Hill Times, March 28, 2010

Feet First – Seattle PI, March 28, 2010

Velocity Dance celebrates with Capitol Hill parade, circus party – Capitol Hill Times

What’s Behind the Move? – Seattle Dances, March 27, 2010

Parade, party, free classes help christen Velocity Dance Center’s new space – Seattle Times, March 26, 2010

Velocity Dance Center: We’re not in CHAC anymore – Publicola, March 26, 2010

Preserving Capitol Hill’s arts scene: Velocity Dance Center’s sleek new home – The Sunbreak, March 26, 2010

Velocity Moves – KUOW March 26, 2010

Velocity Dance Center’s Reopening Party – Seattle Metropolitan Blog, March 25, 2010

Leap Day – Seattle Weekly, March 24, 2010

New Faces of Seattle Arts – Dance – Shannon Stewart – Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, February 2010



The 15 People to Know for Spring Arts – Seattle Metropolitan, February 2008

Velocity Dance Center finds a new home on hill – The Seattle Times, September 17, 2008

What’s Going to Happen to Oddfellows Hall? – The Stranger, October 25, 2007

Treasured dance hall sold; some anxious about next step – The Seattle Times, October 26, 2007

Velocity Dance Center Names New Executive Director – Press Release, June 7, 2006

A & E briefs: Velocity Dance gets new director – Seattle Times, June 9, 2006

High Velocity – Seattle Weekly, July 27 – August 2, 2005

Genius – Arts Organization – Velocity Dance Center – The Stranger, Oct 9 – Oct 15, 2003

29 arts organizations in state win grants from NEA – Seattle Times, December 18, 2002

Velocity Dance Center is fostering a new wave of contemporary dance – Seattle Times, August 5, 2002


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