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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 SeattleDances.com, 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 kaitlinmccarthy.com.

THE NEW FALL KICK OFF

Velocity Artistic Director Erin Johnson discusses this year’s Fall Kick Off, along with take aways from attending the National Dance Presenter’s Forum at Jacob’s Pillow.