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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Velocity (Finally) Signs a Lease

posted by on September 16 at 14:46 PM

Back in May, when Capitol Hill Arts Center left (or was kicked out of) the little brick building on 12th Avenue, some of us hoped that Velocity (which was getting kicked out of its Odd Fellows home by developer Ted Schroth) would move in.

It’s finally official: Velocity is moving into the building formerly known as CHAC. Classes and performances begin Jan 1, 2009.

From Velocity top gun Kara O’Toole (whose 8-year-old son, incidentally, was dubbed “the Ideal Audience Member” by The Stranger back in 2006):

Velocity will be conducting a capital campaign to fund the build-out of its new home, for which it signed a 10-year lease (with a 5-year renewal option). Architect Colin Walker of nbbj is working with Velocity on a pro bono basis, and has created a space plan that includes two dance studios, one 100-seat theater and studio, as well as an office, storage, and lobby space for Velocity’s new facilities.

Velocity, which won the first-ever Stranger Genius Award for organization, will have a fuck-you-and-goodbye performance in their Odd Fellows theater next weekend. The old Velocity favorites will be there: KT Niehoff (cofounder of Velocity), Molly Scott, Dayna Hanson, Amy O’Neal and locust, and Mark Haim.

We should all be very, very happy that Velocity—which has fostered Seattle’s best dancers and choreographers—has found a place to be.

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Congrats to everyone at Velocity, and in the community, who worked to make this happen.

Just remember, Robin & the folks up front at Crave are very nice people - be good to them & they'll be good to you.

And second, when does the bar open?

Posted by COMTE | September 16, 2008 2:36 PM


Posted by flamingbanjo | September 16, 2008 2:43 PM

best possible outcome for both Velocity and the building, hooray!

ps don't forget that eville modern dancers who frolic in fountains are incubated at Velocity. When's that dance-off happening, anyway?

Posted by genevieve | September 16, 2008 3:14 PM

yay! more architects giving their labor away! this makes, umm... EVERY non-profit in seattle that wants architectural services FOR FREE.

architects: getting an early start on the coming depression.

Posted by max solomon | September 16, 2008 3:28 PM

Even Velocity makes mistakes sometimes, genevieve.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | September 16, 2008 4:42 PM

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