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.
Dance Metro DC is in its 7th year of providing resources, promotion, and collaborative opportunities for the dance community in the metropolitan DC area.
Dance Metro DC was established in response to a sustained need for leadership and centralized services to strengthen professional dance in the DC metropolitan area. Project activities have focused on advocacy, professional development and information resources. Envisioned as a resource for dancers, choreographers, teachers and others, Dance Metro DC is strategically positioned to be both proactive and reactive, balancing institutional structure and flexibility to gather and disseminate vital information, convene individuals and groups around key issues, facilitate networking, and stimulate grassroots political activity. Long-term goals include creating an environment for dance in the DC metropolitan area that is stable, inclusive and broadly accessible both within and beyond the dance field. www.dancemetrodc.org
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 Society (WPAS) has created profound opportunities for learning and cultural exchange by connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. WPAS 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 many dozens of others.
Recognized as a leading national presenter of Classical, Jazz, Dance, Gospel and World Music, WPAS 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.wpas.org
VelocityDC is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. dcarts.dc.gov
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