Velocity Dance Center keeps Seattle on the move through the summer
Seattle's Velocity Dance Center keeps the local dance scene lively through the summer, with its three-week "Strictly Seattle" workshops that culminate in two performances July 27-28, 2012. Also on tap: Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.
Most of Seattle's dance companies are on summer break. But Velocity Dance Center is keeping things busy with workshops and performances now and in August.
This weekend, Velocity's three-week "Strictly Seattle" workshops culminate in two performance nights featuring new works by Zoe Scofield, Mary Sheldon Scott, Kate Wallich, Amy O'Neal, Tonya Lockyer and Kristin Hapke. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $12-$18 (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).
Next week, the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) kicks off with "The Immaterial World," a solo performance by veteran British improviser Julyen Hamilton, 8 p.m., Sunday. SFDI's faculty then presents "Off the Cuff," 8 p.m. Thursday, with a lineup of local dancers (Karen Nelson, Douglas Ridings, Aaron Swartzman, Alia Swersky) and out-of-town performers (Hamilton, plus Canada's Rob Kitsos, New York's Faye Driscoll Israel's Danielle Agami and others). Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $10-$15 per show, or $20 for both shows (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).
By the way, Agami — formerly of BatSheva Dance Company, Israel's leading dance troupe — is in town all summer, working with Seattle dancers Erica Badgeley, Matt Drews, Kate Wallich and others on a full-length piece, "Sally meets Stu," happening 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 31, at the Century Ballroom, 915 Pine St., Seattle (ticket price still to be determined).
From the looks of Agami's work on video, you'll want to save the date.
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