Seattle Dance Project Programs
High quality Dance Performances Produce 1-2 repertory programs collaborating with local and international choreographers and groups each season at A Contemporary Theater (ACT), where we are resident dance company as well as a Central Heating Lab partner
Pay what you will Dress Rehearsals as well as free open rehearsals to make our processes and performances accessible to all
In School Dance Residencies, which provide arts integrated learning and culminate into a dance performance within the community.
Student Matinee Performances, which combine performance, excerpts from the current season with commentary that educates children on the behind-the-scenes nuances of choreographing, performing and staging dance performances.
Dance Immersions for Adult Dancers which provide an exciting, nurturing environment that allow students to discover more self-expression, self-fulfillment and passion for dance, while also challenging them to grow in technique, skill and physical development.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Since its inception in 2007, Seattle Dance Project has successfully produced professional performances. Seattle Dance Project has brought forth relatable art that has challenged the artists and audiences alike. Collaborations have included A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Simple Measures a chamber group, Spectrum Dance Theatre, a myriad of local choreographers and most recently The Inverse Opera. Festivals have included Men in Dance, Chop Shop bodies of work and Seattle International Dance Festival.
In 2011 SDP was fortunate to spent one year at Parkwood Elementary School in Shoreline teaching dance classes to 400 typically developing and special needs students 43% of whom were underserved. Our commitment to outreach continued in 2012, as we worked with another 400 students in the Meridian Park School.
Seattle Dance Project has been recognized by 4Culture, The Mayors Office, Laird Norton Family Foundation, and the Glenn Kawasaki Foundation.
We have a responsibility to pass on to the community the knowledge and experience that we have and to help educate and make dance accessible. By receiving funding we can afford to lower the cost of our student matinees therefore making it more accessible to the otherwise underserved population.
Due to the immediate financial climate we have had to make cuts in elements such as costumes, set design, program printing, marketing, and advertising for our productions. Despite these curtailments we still produce thrilling dance productions, accessible to all and supported by this community. We hope to embark on a capital campaign to widen our base of financial support and ensure more stable funding sources.