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SIDF fundraises and Velocity adds Linda Bowers

The Seattle International Dance Festival reported record attendance this year but finished with a $6,000 deficit. In its eighth year, the June festival provided classes for dancers of all ages and experience; introduced local audiences to international artists from France, Brazil, and India; and featured Seattle artists Jerome Aparis and the Massive Monkeys, Maya Soto, 3rd Shift Dance, and Coriolos, among others. The festival’s Art on the Fly filled South Lake Union neighborhood with free kid-friendly daytime events.

Because ticket sales covered only 35% of Khambatta Dance’s actual costs of running SIDF, they have started a Power2Give online fundraiser to erase their deficit and sustain the festival. The site currently provides matches online donations with additional support from ArtsFund.

Velocity welcomes new managing director

In June, Velocity Dance Center selected Linda Bowers as their managing director.

Bowers served as the executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures from 2007 to 2012. As the first executive director of Hedgebrook writers’ retreat on Whidbey Island, she developed the organization into a nationally recognized program.

“Finding a collaborative and strategic partner has been a goal of mine and the Velocity board since I was hired in 2011,” said Tonya Lockyer, Velocity’s executive/artistic director. “In the last three years, we’ve grown Velocity to the point organizationally and fiscally, where hiring a managing director is not only a priority, it’s now a possibility and a necessity. I’m thrilled to be working with Linda.”

A Mayor’s Arts Award and Genius Award winner, Velocity Dance Center in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood provides three studios, a resource room, an online journal and a theater. In 2013, Velocity served more than 21,000 individuals, offered more than 2,000 dance classes, and provided low cost studio and performance space to over 450 artists.

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