Velocity to Host Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive 2013, 7/7-27

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Velocity will present STRICTLY SEATTLE SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE 2013, running July 7-27, 2013 at Velocity, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA. Performances will be held on July 26 and 27 at 8pm, with a 2pm Saturday matinee in the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle.

A total immersion into the Seattle dance scene, Strictly Seattle is a world-class festival located in one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the country. Now in its 16th year, the intensive 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, conversations and performances. Strictly Seattle is a forum where dancers meet and work together, forming alliances for future collaborations.

Super-charged Strictly Seattle performances feature six new works by some of Seattle's most celebrated choreographers: Zoe Scofield, KT Niehoff, Marlo Martin, Mark Haim, Ellie Sandstrom, and Ricki Mason. Strictly Seattle is one of the liveliest, community-centered contemporary dance festivals in the country.

Super-charged Strictly Seattle performances feature six new works by some of Seattle's most celebrated choreographers: Zoe Scofield, KT Niehoff, Marlo Martin, Mark Haim, Ellie Sandstrom, and Ricki Mason. Strictly Seattle is one of the liveliest, community-centered contemporary dance festivals in the country.

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 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.

Register for Strictly Seattle
July 7-27, 2013
206.325.8773 | velocitydancecenter.org/strictly-seattle

Tickets for Strictly Seattle Performances
July 26-27, 2013 / 8PM
206.325.8773 | velocitydancecenter.org/box-office

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Zoe Scofield studied ballet and modern as a scholarship student at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She is co-founder of the collaborative duo zoe | juniper with video/visual artist Juniper Shuey. Scofield was awarded the Mariam MaClone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trust's GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award, and is a Stranger Genius Award Shortlister. Scofield was awarded residencies at Bates Dance Festival, in Budapest, New Zealand, New York and Atlanta. 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 and Yerba Buena (SF). zoejuniper.org

KT Niehoff was the 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. lingodance.com

Marlo Martin is a director, choreographer, teacher, and producer. After earning a BFA (dance) from Western Michigan University Martin moved to Seattle and founded eXit SPACE, a center for dance education and performance opportunities for the beginning student through professional level danceR. Martin's true passion lies in her company, badmarmarDANCE. Recently her choreography has been presented at the BOOST dance festival, Full Tilt, 12MM, and NEXTfestNW. Marlo is genuinely interested in sharing her vision through teaching and creating dance, developing forums for the exploration and presentation of dance works, and by supporting and nurturing fellow artists.

Mark Haim has been making dances for over 30 years and teaching dance for over 20 years. He was at Juilliard and has been on the faculties of the American Dance Festival, University of Washington, NYU Tisch, and Hollins University. His choreography has been set on Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, Joffrey Ballet, and Limon Dance Company, among others. He was Artistic Director of the Lisbon Dance Company in Portugal, and still directs his own ad-hoc group on a project-to-project basis. His most recent project, This Land Is Your Land, has been seen in Seattle, Beijing and Paris, with upcoming shows at the ADF and New York City.

Ellie Sandstrom is a choreographer, performer and educator, fueled by movement in many forms. She is a 2013 Velocity Creative Resident, was a "Spotlight Award" winner from Seattle Magazine, can be seen in the book "Seattle 100" and received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Her choreographic work, SANDSTROMMOVEMENT, has been funded by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and presented and commissioned by many organizations. She teaches Ballet and Modern at Velocity and Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop and Dance Performance at the Northwest School. sandstrommovement.com

Ricki Mason (aka Lou Henry Hoover) is a Seattle-based choreographer, drag performer, and dance teacher. The Stranger calls her work "hilarious dance magic." Ricki makes dances about being human. She likes artifice that is bizarrely and inexplicably true, dance moves that are simultaneously full-bodied and gestural. Recent projects include dance-based collaborations with Jody Kuehner as The Cherdonna and Lou Show and large scale theatrical productions with DeLouRue Presents. Ricki has over a decade of experience and a deep love of teaching and choreographing for beginning dancers.

For more about the intensive, go to: www.velocitydancecenter.org/strictly-seattle.