Velocity

KT moved to Seattle from NYC in 1992 with her soon to be business partner, Michele Miller. In NYC KT had a part in the implementation and operation of the Studio Theater at Dance Space Inc. (the original incarnation on Broadway and Houston). It was there she met Michele Miller, a dancer, teacher and Managing Director of Dance Space. When they relocated to Seattle to join the Pat Graney Company, they began teaching daily technique classes at Dance Center Seattle (in the Russian Center on 19th and Roy). From 1992-96 they focused on growing their student base and creating consistent training opportunities for the professional dance community.

In 1996, KT and Michele signed a lease in the Oddfellows Hall on Pine and 10th in Capitol Hill and it was there they started Velocity Dance Center.

Velocity began simply: teachers and choreographers renting the space for classes and rehearsals with the goal of making the rent by the end of the month. But by 2000 Velocity Dance Center had become one of the preeminent contemporary dance-training centers on the West Coast, with three studios and over 40 classes per week.

Together KT and Michele created a comprehensive adult curriculum for beginners to professionals as well as a series of programs supporting the creation of new work, including the Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive, The Bridge Project, Under Construction, NEXT Dance Festival and The Guest Artist Series. In 2003 KT created the SCUBA, National Touring Dance Alliance with Seattle (Velocity), San Francisco (ODC), Minneapolis (The Southern Theater) and Philadelphia (Philly Dance Project).

Velocity Dance Center moved from its original home in the Oddfellows Hall to the former Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC) on 12th and Pine and thanks to the current dedicated staff with Director Tonya Lockyer at the helm, Velocity has become a recognized leader as an artist-driven, community-centered dance incubator. Velocity fosters the creative explorations of artists and adventurous audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange.

Velocity fulfills an unduplicated role as the epicenter for contemporary dance in the Pacific Northwest operating three studios, a dance resource room, an online journal and the only theater in the region especially developed for dance performances. In 2012 alone, Velocity served nearly 18,000 individuals; offered 2,000+ dance classes; provided low cost space to over 450 artists; activated a growing audience of thousands of dance enthusiasts; commissioned and developed 27 new works, and introduced more than 89 works of performance, film, installation and hybrid forms into the local and national dance ecology.

Michele Miller is currently on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts is a private Pilates instructor and a 4th degree black belt in Kajukenbo. She and her partner, Heather Coyle founded and co-direct Shift Movement and Healing Arts space.

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