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Episode 94 | Shifting a Dance Center Post 2020 w/ Velocity Dance Center

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

On this episode, Dance Behind the Screen podcast co-hosts Martheya and YeaJean interview Erin Johnson and Fox Whitney about the Seattle Velocity Dance Center. They discuss the historical background of Velocity as well as how they have shifted post 2020. The guests talk about what it is like to value the community of dancers’ needs in order to create a great dance city ecology. Enjoy this episode! (58:31)


[0:40] The Team says welcome back and introduces Tiffany Bierly and Melissa Sanderson. Tiffany and Melissa introduce the rich dance community in Seattle at the Velocity Dance Center and offer a warm welcome to guest Erin Johnson and Fox Whitney.


[6:45] Topic: The History of Velocity Dance Center

  • [7:08] Martheya asks Erin: “Could you share a brief history of Velocity to where Velocity is now?”

  • [13:36] Martheya asks Fox: “Could you talk to us about how you entered into the Velocity leadership team?”

[19:00] Topic: COVID & Leadership

  • [19:00] Martheya asks: “How did you make the transition to the digital space? What did it look like? What were the questions you were talking about?”

  • [24:34] Martheya asks: “Could you each share a story of a time that you felt like a strong leader? Or that you felt very supported by a strong leader?”

[32:32] Topic: Operating a Dance Center

  • [32:32] YeaJean states: “How do you select the teachers or artists?”

  • [39:54] YeaJean asks: “What was the most successful program based on participants' reviews or feedback? Or most memorable?”

  • [45:27] Martheya asks: “How are you all thinking about social media and the dance world at large?”

  • [48:31] Martheya asks: “What are your projections, if you had to dream up how we would be engaging with social media in dance ten years from now, what do you think that might look like?”

[52:15] YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

  • Erin: Instagram Hop- Watch something and then the next thing connected to that

  • Fox: YouTube wormhole

[42:22] YeaJean asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Fox: “All that Jazz”

  • Erin: Nutcracker

[42:44] YeaJean asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Fox: Yes

  • Erin: Yes

[42:51] YeaJean asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Fox: Instagram

  • Erin: Instagram

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