No one refers to Washington as a capital, or even a hotbed, of dance. But a growing number of nationally known dance companies do call the nation’s capital home, and over the next three days the fifth annual VelocityDC Dance Festival shines a nice spotlight on many of these companies. And all presented at one of the city’s best perches possible: The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.
A special partnership with Dance/MetroDC, the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Washington Performing Arts Society and host organization STC, this festival offers world-class dance of various styles. Main Stage performances are grouped into two programs, and only one company, the aerial acrobats in AirborneDC, performs in both. Program A includes Dissonance Dance Theatre, RebollarDance, Flamenco Aparicio, VTDance, the Washington Ballet and CityDance Conservatory, and is set for tonight, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. Program B includes Lesole’s Dance Project, ClancyWorks Dance Company, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Tehreema Mitha Dance Company and Step Afrika!, is Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A “RAMP!” showcase precedes each program starting at 6:30 p.m. in the forum of the Harman Center for the Arts, offering a taste of works from dance newcomers, including: Rick Westerkamp tonight, Oct. 10; Alexandra May Balance w/Dancers from Joy of Motion, David Yi and Deviated Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11; and students of Asanga Domask and Maru Montero Dance Company on Saturday, Oct. 12. And there are also a few companies offering site-specific pieces planned in Harman Hall, including Dance Performance Group tonight, Oct. 10, at 7:15 p.m., Next Reflex Dance Collective on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1:15 p.m., and MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:15 p.m.
VelocityDC Dance Festival runs at Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Ticket are $18 for each of the two Main Stage programs. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org or velocitydc.org.