Velocity Dance Center’s four-week Bridge Project was created in 2015, for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle or who have only been making work for three years or less. Photo by Tim Summers
Velocity Dance Center’s four-week Bridge Project was created in 2015, for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle or who have only been making work for three years or less. Photo by Tim Summers

After launching an emergency capital campaign five years ago at the edge of the Great Recession, Velocity’s revenue increased 265 percent by 2013. 

“It’s really important to have places like Velocity in Seattle,” Lockyer said. 

“I wanted to be an artist within the structure more,” Niehoff said. “It’s amazing to put your heart and soul into something and then watch it launch without you.”

“Tonya is really the creative vision of Velocity, and she has started some really compelling programs,” Niehoff said. 

“Capitol Hill has many experimental artists who push edges of dance that aren’t just aesthetic, but also cultural,” Lockyer said. “Now, Seattle is a center for dance in the nation,” 

“We didn’t want a huge symbol that art is being pushed out,” Lockyer said.

The historic Kelly Springfield building is scheduled to be redeveloped in January, turning into a mixed-use space with a possibility for some housing. The historical facade will be kept. 

“There may be condos, but the spirit is still there,” she said. 

“It has taken a lot of vision and tenacity to get here,” Lockyer said. 

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