From now, through March 27th, Velocity Dance Center is moving. The old studio digs, in Seattle's Oddfellows Building, are about as dreamy as one can find for a dance center. Lofty ceilings, big open spaces flooded with natural light, a larger studio that also converts to a theater, plus all the charm of an historic building. What will the new space be like? We'll know, soon enough.
For me personally, and for Velocity, it's like the end of an era. For years, Karn Junkinsmith's Saturday AM ballet classes have been my reason to get up in the mornings. Her energy! The fresh contemporary approach to ballet! The Music! (live accompaniment, the talented Jeff Junkinsmith, spanning a range from classical romanticism to jazz to amusing renditions of Nirvana tunes) The afore-mentioned studio ambience, the inspiration of dancing with some of the other talented ppl who attend class....it has been a beautiful experience. It was also one of my first forays back into the dance studio this year, since my surgery. Leaving that space forever, it definitely feels like an emotional demarcation. The end of the pre-bunion era.
Karn, Jeff, everyone, thanks for being the Raison d'etre for this girl on Saturday mornings for so so long. Even in the dead of winter dreariness, you are always there, and it is much appreciated! I hope we find an even better vibe in the new space. (And of course, I hope I can get back that last 20 degrees of demi-pointe on the left foot real soon ;)
For info on the studio move, to help, or to participate in the week-long festival of free classes and events, more info here: