Velocity Kicks Off Strictly Seattle 2013 Today

Velocity Kicks Off Strictly Seattle 2013 Today

Super-charged Strictly Seattle performances feature six new works by some of Seattle's most celebrated choreographers: 2013 Stranger Genius finalist zoe | juniper, KT Niehoff, Marlo Martin, Mark Haim, Ellie Sandstrom and Ricki Mason at Broadway Performance Hall. New this year 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 Intensive is a world-class intensive and one of the liveliest, community-centered contemporary dance festivals in the country. Now in its 16th year, Strictly Seattle offers three weeks of rigorous physical and compositional training, and rehearsals for beginning to professional dancers and culminates in a weekend of professionally produced performances. Hundreds of dancers from across the country come together to study with renowned Seattle choreographers and teachers, create and perform new work, and take their dancing to the next level. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through daily classes, jams, informal showings, Speakeasy conversations and performances. Strictly Seattle is a forum where dancers meet and work together, forming alliances for future collaborations.

FACULTY Michele Miller + Ellie Sandstrom + KT Niehoff + Zoe Scofield + Amy O'Neal + Marlo Martin + Mark Haim + Tonya Lockyer + Ricki Mason + Hannah C. Wiley + Rosa Vissers + Kate Wallich + Aaron Swartzman + Aiko Kinoshita + Bennyroyce Royon + Louis Gervais.

Starting in 2012, Strictly Seattle happens alongside the world-renowned Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) to create Velocity's summer festival Maximum Velocity, July 7 through August 4, 2013. This year the 20th SFDI features intensives with some of the world's leading dance innovators-John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, Chris Aiken, Shelley Senter, Amii LeGendre and Michael Schumacher-andDance Innovators in Performance, a packed evening of performances by international SFDI faculty that blur the lines between improvisation and devised theater (August 1, Broadway Performance Hall).

Tickets for Strictly Seattle Performances, running today, July 26-27, 2013 / 8PM: Call 206.325.8773 or visit

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


Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Injury Prevention
With Dr. Kadel + physical therapists from Seattle Dance Medicine
July 8 + 17 / 1:40-2:20pm


Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Dance + Grad School
With Tonya Lockyer + Rosa Vissers
July 10 / 1:40-2:20pm


Free Dance Clinic
With Seattle Dance Medicine
July 13 + 20 / 2-4pm


Feedback is no Horseback
With Vanessa DeWolf (Studio Current/PROJECT: Space Available)
July 14 / 1-4pm


Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Nutrition
With Velocity Teaching Artist Alia Swersky
July 17 / 1:40-2:20pm


What We Talk About When We Talk About...
July 21 / 6:30-9:30pm

In this special Strictly Seattle edition of WWT@WWT@, Striclty Seattle students and attendees engage in constructive dialogue facilitated by a guest artists and hosts Zoe Scofield (zoe | juniper) and Velocity's Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer.


Brown Bag Lunch Talk: "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco": Dance as a Career
With KT Niehoff (Lingo), Zoe Scofield (zoe | juniper) + Beth Graczyk (Salt Horse)
July 24 / 1:40-2:20pm


zoe | juniper, visual artist and choreographer duo Juniper Shuey and Zoe Scofield, are a 2013 Stranger Genius finalists and 2013 Creative Residents at Velocity.Scofield was awarded the Mariam MaClone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trust's GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award as well as residencies at Bates Dance Festival, in Budapest, New Zealand, New York, Atlanta and Seattle. zoe | juniper's work has received funding from NEFA's National Dance Project Production Grant and been commissioned by and presented at On the Boards, Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, PICA's TBA Festival, Frye Art Museum, Velocity and Yerba Buena (SF).

KT Niehoff was voted 2007 dance artist of the Year by Seattle Magazine. In 1998, KT created Lingo who has presented in Canada, Germany, Japan, Ecuador, and Cuba, and throughout the U.S. including On the Boards (Seattle), Joyce SoHo (NYC), and Jacob's Pillow, Inside/Out (Mass). Lingo's artistic integrity has been recognized by The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Project, The National Performance Network and Arts International. KT has been teaching worldwide for over 15 years. She was the co-founder/director of Velocity Dance Center from 1996-2006.