The MEDIA LIBRARY is Velocity’s catalogue of resources for dance artists looking to keep in touch with the local and inter/national art community. Its aim is to nourish curiosity and help combat the anxiety artists often experience with the overabundance of stimulation and media we have available in the 21st century, by having a comprehensive, curated list of resources at your disposal.

Part of our Media Library is available in our office in the form of an ongoing collection of books and journals on dance, contemporary performance and arts administration, put together by the staff and friends of Velocity. Come in to check out a book, or browse through our physical archives dating back to Velocity’s inception! Another resource Velocity has to offer is our vimeo collection where you can watch full live performances, speakeasy chats and more! You can also hear podcasts and watch Velocity artist chats on our online journal STANCE.

Have something in mind you’d like to submit to the media library? We’re always looking to expand! Email communications@velocitydancecenter.org with a link and a brief description.


ONLINE publications + listings


STANCE // Velocity’s online journal of choreographic culture that aims to activate and foster thoughtful discourse on dance, movement-based research and choreographic culture in and beyond Seattle.

Hyperallergic // A forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.

Performance Club // A curated, multi-feature blog which is both a forum for arts writing as well as a chance for all interested parties to share their own critical voices in an interactive community focused on live contemporary art.

The Walker Magazine // A variety of media by local and international artists, scholars, and critics, dedicated to elevating the voices of emerging authors. It takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. 

Critical Correspondence // A web-based publication of Movement Research that provides a forum for diverse engagements with artistic practice, research, and the contexts that surround the field of dance. 

Culturebot // A website devoted to the art of performance in all its forms, across all disciplines; centered on the belief that criticism is a creative practice and critical discourse is essential for a vibrant and engaged cultural ecology.

Culture Push // An art organization that works with hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play, and creating connections; aiming to create a lively exchange of ideas between many different communities. The current focus of Culture Push is the Fellowship for Utopian practice, aimed at artists and other professionals seeking to test new ideas through civic engagement.

Ballet to the People // Current ballet teacher and dance blogger; former research scientist and investment banker who riffs on dance, theatre, and oh yes, politics, with a unique and refreshing perspective. 

Life as a Modern Dancer // A blog with a mission and passion to support future generations of dancers with their career paths and dreams. Featuring artist profiles that successfully portray the multi-dimensional lives of working dance artists alongside intelligent and pragmatic advice and articles examining the many facets of a dancer’s life, this blog curated by Jill Homan Randall is a valuable resource to dancers embarking upon or refining a career.

Interdisciplinary Instant Composition // Intended for the research and development of IMPROVISATION as a craft/discipline in itself. It invites professional improvisers from any discipline to share their work methods and principles, in order to develop an INTERDISCIPLINARY VOCABULARY for instant composition.

Arts Journal // A digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from around the internet, including blogs and more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture.

Dance-Tech // Explores the potential of the new Internet technologies for knowledge production and distribution on body based artistic practices and its intersections with other disciplines such as new media, architecture, philosophy, anthropology and more. dance-tech.net provides movement and new media artists, theorists, thinkers, and technologists the possibility of sharing work, ideas and research, generating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative projects.

Infinite Body // A collection of insightful writings on arts and the creative consciousness by Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Everybodys // A database and a library, a toolbox and a game creator, a publication house, a score container, a site for distribution and for long term investigatory discussions. 

MANCC // Provides development residencies for choreographers and their collaborators to develop new work. By focusing engagement efforts on research in development and creative process, they seek to build work and audiences simultaneously through a framework called Entrypoints. 

BellyFlop Magazine // Experiments with modes of responsive and critical writing, complicating distinctions between the artist and the critic. It is currently in an unfunded period of hiatus.

Article 19 // Part blog, video archive, and audition call board.

London Dance // Brought to you through a partnership between Arts Council England, London and Sadler’s Wells to provide dance information for London.

Dance/NYC // Dance.NYC’s mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of equity and inclusion into all aspects of the organization.  It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

International Journal of Screendance // The International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of Screendance. It is the first-ever scholarly journal wholly dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice.

Danspace Project Journal // The official publication of Danspace Project.

Dancing Opportunities // Dancing Opportunities was launched in 2012 with the main goal of enabling dancers discover auditions, residencies, workshops, open calls, scholarships, festivals, and internships worldwide. We help dancers find jobs and make the right choice for their successful career development.

Auditions.Com // All contemporary dance auditions from around the world just into one place, received and collected for you. Auditions.com is a project developed and managed by The Contemporary Performing Arts Club (see below).

The Contemporary Performing Arts Club // They develop projects that can have an impact on the professional careers of their performing arts community subscribers. Not only do they manage auditions.com, but they offer mail listings of contemporary performance art opportunities and website development for artists.

Jacob’s Pillow Archives // The Jacob’s Pillow Archives document the history of the Festival and School and the artists who have taken part in these activities, with particular emphasis on Ted Shawn, Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers, and the Denishawn Company.

OntheBoard.tv // A website that delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films to your TV, desktop or mobile device. We are one of the first contemporary performance organizations to begin filming works by top caliber artists with multiple high-definition cameras, collaboratively editing the films with the artists, and delivering feature-length performance films to audiences around the globe.

Dance Heritage Coalition // DHC is a national alliance of institutions holding significant collections of materials documenting the history of dance. Its mission is to preserve, make accessible, enhance and augment the materials that document the artistic accomplishments in dance of the past, present, and future.

Dance Resource Center // Dance Resource Center is a service organization that provides the Los Angeles area dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels.

Residencies Unlimited // Residency Unlimited supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs.

Chisenhale Dance Space’s Blog // Chisenhale Dance Space is a home for risk and experimentation in dance and performance. Situated in the heart of Tower Hamlets for over 30 years, Chisenhale Dance Space is responsive to the needs of its local and artistic communities whilst striving for artistic and organisational resilience. This is their blog.

Synchronous Objects // This project examines the organizational structures found in William Forsythe’s dance One Flat Thing, reproduced by translating and transforming them into new objects and ways of visualizing dance that draw on techniques from a variety of disciplines.

Aerowaves // Aerowaves creates cross-border performance opportunities for emerging choreographers. Their network shares resources and insights. They actively enhance connections between dance artists, programmers and audiences across Europe.

in terms of performance // In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery across artistic disciplines.

UbuWeb Dance //A rather unorthodox mix of pure, art, and pop dance forms. UbuWeb Dance is presented in partnership with and is largely curated by Contemporary Dance Video Database, (see below).

Contemporary Dance Video Database // A blog containing a multitude of dances on film, including Forsythe, Keersmaeker, Bausch, and more.


 analog publications


PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art // PAJ charts new directions in performance, video, drama, dance, installations, media, film, and music, bringing together ideas of theatre and the visual arts. Artists’ writings, performance drawings and notations, essays, interviews, and a special review section for performances, exhibitions and international festivals are featured in the issues.

Movement Research Performance Journal // Started in 1990, the Performance Journal is a printed forum created by and for artists, fostering the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance.  Published twice annually, the Performance Journal provides a unique forum for critical rigor and a multi-disciplinary readership. 

Contact Quarterly // Contact Quarterly is an international journal of dance, improvisation, performance, and contemporary movement arts.

Performance Research //Performance Research is a specialist journal that aims to promote a dynamic interchange between scholarship and practice in the expanding field of performance. Interdisciplinary in vision and international in scope, its emphasis is on contemporary performance arts within changing cultures.

Emergency Index // In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work.




Velocity Dance Center // Seattle
OntheBoards // Seattle
Studio Current // Seattle
Base Experimental Arts + Space // Seattle
Open Flight Studio // Seattle
PICA // Portland
FLOCK // Portland
S1 // Portland
Physical Education // Portland
Home School // Portland
New Expressive Works // Portland
Pacific Works North West // Portland
Pieter // Los Angeles
Movement Research // New York City
The Chocolate Factory // New York City
The Kitchen // New York City
Danspace Project // New York City
NewYorkLiveArts // New York City
Dance Films Association // New York City
La MaMa // New York City
Gibney Dance Center // New York City
EMPAC/Rensselaer // New York
Jacob’s Pillow // Massachusetts
Dance The Yard // Massachusetts
The Walker Arts Center // Minnesota
Patrick’s Cabaret // Minnesota
The Cowles Center // Minnesota
Zenon Dance Company // Minnesota
FringeArts // Pennsylvania
Little Berlin // Pennsylvania
Painted Bride // Pennsylvania
Vox Populi // Pennsylvania
Headlong Dance Theater // Pennsylvania
Dance Exchange // Maryland
The Independent // UK
The Place // UK
Live Art Development Agency // UK
People Dancing // UK
Siobhan Davies Dance // UK
Tate Modern // UK
Sadlers Wells // UK
Sarma // Belgium
KaaiTheater // Belgium
PARTS // Belgium
Contre Danse // Belgium
Tanzfabrik // Germany
p0nderosa // Germany
Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance // Austria
ImPulzTanz // Austria
Rencontres Chorégraphiques // France
Théâtre De La Ville // France