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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


Kaitlin McCarthy meditates on four performances through the lens of “who’s in the room.” Includes Black Collectivity’s To Gather, Velocity’s Hybrid Lab, Four on the Floor’s Good for Her Age, and El Sueño’s Mestizo: Breaking the Caste.


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!