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Kaitlin McCarthy

Kaitlin McCarthy is a dance artist and journalist based in Seattle, WA. Over the last decade she has written for City Arts Magazine, Dance International Magazine, PublicDisplay.Art, Seattle Magazine, and, where she has been the Editorial Director since 2016. During her leadership she grew SeattleDances from a volunteer site to one that paid its writers and staff, and realigned the organization’s mission to focus on local and independent dance that is often passed over by mainstream press. She also spearheaded the DanceCrush Awards, an annual platform for recognizing the accomplishments of dance artists in Seattle that ran 2016-2020. In 2022 she was awarded a fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Center for Theater, where she studied criticism writing with faculty from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and many others. Kaitlin’s understanding of dance comes from a lifelong dedication to the field, including a degree in dance from Mount Holyoke College and a 15 year professional performance and choreographic career. More at


Meditations on Meg Foley’s Carpet Womb and the overlapping worlds of bringing your three year old to a dance performance.


Curated by Christie Zhao and Naomi Blue, last weekend’s 12 Minutes Max delivered eight distinct works rich with personality, purpose, and big ideas.


Black Collectivity takes inspiration from Seattle’s Black dance legacy to create a stunning new work, bringing historical research into vibrant, living performance.


With the return of several festivals, a bevy of local dance, and four (!!!) Velocity shows, March 2023 may just be the busiest month in Seattle dance history. Here’s everything you need to know.

Dozens of sweaty bodies party/exercise at a Dance Church class.


Dance Church goes national. Velocity’s Artistic Director Fox Whitney steps down. UW dance program overhauls their curriculum. Two Seattle dancers named in Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch. This and more in January’s news roundup!


Dance spaces to come, go, move, and grow. Here’s everything you need to know about dance space openings, closures, and moves from the last few years.

photo of two white male dancers kneeling towards each other and leaning back holding axes

Boys! Boys! Boys!

It’s hard to use terms like “event of the season” without sounding cliché, but if you want to be on the pulse of what’s happening in Seattle’s dance (or nightlife) scene, Drama Top’s Boys! Boys! Boys! is not to be missed!


Reflections on Marcie Sillman’s recent article in Crosscut, and how Seattle dance has evolved over the last decade.