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Velocity Dance Center Sets Annual Fall Kick-Off

The official kick-off to the Seattle dance season, the 12th annual Fall Kick-off celebrates the talent and imagination of the PNW's contemporary dance scene. Re-live the best performance moments of 2014 and preview what's to come in 2015. The all-star line-up features Markeith Wiley, zoe|juniper, Kate Wallich + The YC, Heather Kravas, ilvs strauss, Amy O'Neil, Alice Gosti, The Pendleton House, Jim Kent + Dylan Ward, Dayna Hanson, Anna Conner + Co, Gender Tender, Coriolis Dance, Cherdonna Shinatra, Tahni Holt and more! At Velocity's 2013 sold-out Fall Kick-Off, 52 companies represented the breadth and diversity of Seattle dance. Every year at the event, Velocity also celebrates the un-sung heroes of Seattle dance with the annual Dance Champion Awards.

New this year, taking advantage of national presenters being in Seattle for the 2014 Western States Arts Alliance Conference, The Fall Kick-Off will also serve as the first PNW Contemporary Dance Platform. Presenters from state and national arts organizations will be invited to attend the showcases and experience the talent, diversity and innovation of our region's dance artists, raising the profile of Pacific Northwest Dance and cultivating artists' touring and residency opportunities. To help local dance artists take full advantage of the Platform, Velocity will offer a free Professional Development Workshop on best practices in interacting with presenters, pursuing opportunities, and business aspects of sustaining a healthy career in dance.

Don't miss the annual Velocity Dance Champion Awards, Sept 5 + 7, honoring "unsung heroes" for volunteerism and action fostering dance in the Pacific Northwest. At the Friday and Sunday showcases, Velocity's annual Dance Champion Awards recognize key individuals who support Seattle dance and inspire others to do the same.

SEATTLE DANCE SHOWCASES LINE-UP:

For the latest artists + line-up updates, go to: http://velocitydancecenter.org/events/fallkickoff2014/

The Fall Kick-Off is also Velocity's annual fall fundraiser for 2014-2015 programs.

Velocity's Fall Kick-Off is made possible by the generous support from season sponsors KUOW, WESTAF, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Seattle Foundation, 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Office of Arts & Culture, The Pruzan Foundation, Pacific Continental Bank and the Morris Clitherow Family Fund.


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