The VelocityDC Dance Festival blossomed on the DC arts scene in 2009. It has since become an annual event produced by its founding consortium of leading arts organizations in the Washington, DC region, including the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Dance Metro DC.
Modeled after the successful “Fall for Dance” festival in New York City, VelocityDC features world-class dance companies and artists- primarily home-grown in the metro DC region - presented in a fast-paced gala format, with dramatically reduced ticket prices.
VelocityDC has been made possible through the generous support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and members of the VelocityDC Founders Circle. Capitol Hotels & Suites is the official hotel of VelocityDC.
Since its founding in 1985, Shakespeare Theatre Company has endeavored to be the nation’s leading force in the presentation and preservation of classic theatre. Our core mission is to present classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts—which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre—Shakespeare Theatre Company is a national destination theatre offering a broad range of works to audiences in the greater-Washington area and across the nation.
The Harman Center for the Arts provides state-of-the-art, affordable, midsized venues to outstanding local, national and international performing arts companies. The Harman Center for the Arts encourages synergy among sister arts organizations and stimulates an ongoing artistic dialogue that embraces all of the performing arts, while affording Shakespeare Theatre Company the opportunity to expand its education and accessibility programs and engage diverse audiences in the arts. www.shakespearetheatre.org
For more than 40 years Washington Performing Arts has created profound opportunities for learning and cultural exchange by connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. Washington Performing Arts presents over 60 public performances each year across the DC metropolitan region with a presenting history that includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Piloblous, and dozens of others.
Recognized as a leading national presenter of classical, jazz, dance, gospel and world music, Washington Performing Arts invites all to share lifelong opportunities to deepen their cultural knowledge, enrich their lives, and expand their understanding of the world through the universal language of the performing arts. www.washingtonperformingarts.org
As the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia is a world-class cultural destination. Recognizing the changing dynamics within the city, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is poised to increase our depth and expand our breadth of creative opportunities for residents and visitors. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. Established in 1968, the Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission is the leading voice for arts and culture in the city, and works to elevate the impact of the arts and humanities locally, nationally, and internationally. dcarts.dc.gov
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