STRICTLY SEATTLE Features Six New Works by Local Choreographers This Weekend

STRICTLY SEATTLE Features Six New Works by Local Choreographers This Weekend

Super-charged Strictly Seattle performances feature six new works by some of Seattle's most celebrated choreographers: 2013 Stranger Genius awardee zoe | juniper, Pat Graney, Bennyroyce Royon, Jody Kuehner, Shannon Stewart, Rosa Vissers and Byron Carr at Broadway Performance Hall. To accommodate sold-out crowds Velocity has added a third performance-a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

A total immersion into the Seattle dance scene, the Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Festival is Velocity's world-class festival located in one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the country. Five adult programs draw dancers from across the country, inspiring beginning through professional dancers with rigorous training in a challenging and invigorating environment. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through daily classes, jams, informal showings, conversations and performances. Now in its 17th year, Strictly Seattle is a supportive community of open experimentation and camaraderie where dancers form alliances for future collaborations.

New this year: An Advanced Film Track facilitated by KT Niehoff with leading Seattle cinematographers and film editors. This three-week immersion takes the filmmaker through every step of the process as they create their own dance film.

FACULTY: Michele Miller / KT Niehoff / Pat Graney / Zoe Scofield / Ellie Sandstrom / Jody Kuehner / Shannon Stewart / Rosa Vissers / Byron Carr / Kate Wallich / Cyrus Khambatta / Louis Gervais / Bennyroyce Royon

Strictly Seattle happens alongside the world-renowned Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) to create Velocity's international summer festival Maximum Velocity, July 6 through August 3, 2014. SFDI celebrates its 21st year with performances, intensives and free events with some of the world's leading dance innovators including- Kirstie Simson, Faye Driscoll, Eric Beauchesne, Michael Schumacher, Tom Koch, Neige Christenson, Darrel Jones, Tahni Holt -and Dance Innovators in Performance, two packed evenings of performances by international SFDI faculty who have been performing everywhere but in the mainstream (July 31, Broadway Performance Hall and Aug 2, Velocity Founders Theater).

TICKETS for Strictly Seattle Performances:

July 25, 2014 / 8PM
July 26, 2014 / 2PM + 8PM
at the Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway

Call 206.325.8773 or go online at
Prices: $18 / $12 student + senior / $15 MVP.

Strictly Seattle FREE Bonus Events:

All events are FREE at Velocity (1621 12th Ave) unless otherwise noted.

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Zoe Scofield studied ballet and modern dance at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She has danced with Prometheus Dance and Bill James among other choreographers in Toronto, Boston and Seattle. Scofield has received The Stranger's Genius Award, National Dance Project Tour Support, The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trusts GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award, City Arts Innovator Award, Seattle Magazine's Spotlight Award, Alpert Award Residency and the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography and Special Project Awards. As collaborators, Scofield and Shuey have been commissioned and shows work at galleries and art spaces nationally and internationally.

Fillipino-American dancer-choreographer Bennyroyce Royon is a graduate of The Juilliard School and former dancer with the Armitage Gone! Dance company. Royon has been noted for his "keenly focused, succinct way with movement" and his ability to blend explosive physicality with fluid energy. He has worked with notable choreographers sush as Karole Armitage, Azure Barton, Sidra Bell, and Jill Johnson, and has performed with numerous acclaimed dance companies including the Metropolitan Opera Ballte, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, BADD BOYS OF DANCE. He is the founder of Bennyroyce Dance Productions.

Legendary Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney has received Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for 11 consecutive years, as well as from Artist Trust, the Washington State Arts Commission, the NEA International Program, National Corporate Fund for Dance and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Graney was awarded both the Alpert Award and a US Artists Award in Dance.

Jody Kuehner is part contemporary dance artist and part bio drag queen named Cherdonna Shinatra. Jody is in her seventh year dancing for the Pat Graney Company and has also been Pat's dance intern for the company's prison project "Keeping the Faith". Jody currently dances with Mark Haim and has been his Administrative Assistant and Rehearsal Director for various projects. She has worked as Dayna Hanson's Production Coordinator and/or Assistant Director for various projects as well as Assistant to the Director for Hanson's feature length film "Improvement Club". Jody currently teaches technique at Velocity Dance Center and is Velocity's 2014 Artist-in-Residence as well as a Velocity Made in Seattle artist. She has been supported by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and was recognized by Seattle Magazine as a 2010 Spotlight Award Winner for her work with Lou Henry Hoover.