Summer Camp registration is open!

Award-winning multi-arts camps for ages 4-13! Ballet Stories, Art in Motion, Musical Theatre (Matilda and Finding Nemo, JR.), Lyrical Dance, Hip Hop, Dance & Drama, and more. Half day camps can be combined for a full day of joy and imaginative play!

Educator/Community Workshops and SDIT are live!

Laugh, learn, discover, and dance with us as you learn in a nurturing environment! Educators, dance teachers, teaching artists, early childhood specialists, OTs and PTs, and parents are welcome. Offering spring workshops and SDIT this summer!

Registration for Winter/Spring is ongoing!

It’s not too late to join a class! Joyful dance for all ages and abilities, from babies though grade school, high school to adults, in a wide variety of genres! Join us at CDC, where dance and brain development play together.

Annual Giving: Support Joy, Belonging, and Creativity!

Your gift supports programming and tuition assistance for families, children, teens, and adults. Please join us and invest in the youth of today, artists of the future, and educators eager to utilize our inclusive teaching methods!

Video available for 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert!

We kicked off our 40th Anniversary celebration with an amazing concert of live performances and films featuring Kaleidoscope Alums, the current company, and exciting guest stars! If you missed this fabulous concert you can order the video at the link below!

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Plus SDIT and Educator/Community Workshops now open. View all announcements.

“Our Brain-Compatible Dance Education supports joyful self-expression and transformative learning!”

Terry Goetz, Creative Dance Center Director & Instructor

What Makes Creative
Dance Center Unique

Our focus on creativity, collaboration, and developing mind-body connections allows students to learn and grow in an environment where personal uniqueness is celebrated. We recognize that people of all ages are capable artists. We encourage students to express themselves through exploration, improvisation, reflection, and choreography. Students who experience this approach to learning have the opportunity to become skilled dancers, critical thinkers, innovative creators, successful collaborators, and respectful responders. This is at the heart of the teaching methodology we use in all our classes, Brain-Compatible Dance Education (BCDE), developed by our Founder Anne Green Gilbert. 

Key Components of
Brain-Compatible Dance Education

  1. The 5-part lesson plan used in all our classes.
  2. The use of principles and strategies based on brain research to create an environment where students experience deep learning.
  3. The Dance Concepts: Space, Time, Force, and Body.
  4. The BrainDance, a body-brain warm-up based on fundamental movement patterns.

Dance Company

Kaleidoscope Dance Company is the Northwest’s unique modern dance company of young people between the ages of 7 and 17. Founded in 1981 by Anne Green Gilbert, and now directed by Anna Mansbridge, this engaging company delights audiences with their mesmerizing and expressive performances. Kaleidoscope has performed for hundreds of thousands of children and adults in schools, theaters, and other community settings across the world.

Dance Company

Mosaic Dance Company is comprised of children between the ages of 7 and 13. When in session Mosaic offers performance opportunities to interested Creative Dance Center students. First formed in 2006 by Anne Green Gilbert, the company was reconvened by Anna Mansbridge and ran for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Mosaic performed with Kaleidoscope in two major annual concerts each year.

Creative Dance Center

We are excited to offer our award-winning weeklong summer camps for ages 4-13 starting at the end of June! Full camp list is now up and registration is open. Half day camps, or combine two camps for a full day of dance and fun! Learn More.
Classes for all ages and abilities, babies through adults, in a plethora of genres! Creative Dance, Family Dance, Nurturing Baby, Creative Modern, Pre-Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, and more! Winter/Spring session begins January 30 but you can join us anytime. Register today! Learn More.
Join us for transformational learning this spring and summer. Registration is now open for single day workshops on BrainDance and Mettler-based Improvisation, plus our renowned Summer Dance Institute for Teachers is being offered both Virtual and In-Person! So many ways to learn and grow with us! Learn More.

Share the gift of dance! Help us reach our goal of $40,000 for 40 Years of joyful, brain-compatible dance education. Your gift supports programming and tuition assistance for families, children, teens, and adults. Please join us and invest in the youth of today, artists of the future, and educators eager to utilize our inclusive teaching methods! Support CDC.


If you missed our 40th Anniversary celebration with a spectacular evening of live performances and dance films by Kaleidoscope Alumni from the first four decades, do not fear! The video is available for purchase and enjoyment! Highlights include Enertia Dance Company, the beloved “Parachute Play” performed by the Kaleidoscope, Martha Johnson & Anne Green Gilbert on stage together again, a plethora of Alums recreating fan favorite “Lord of the Dance,” and MUCH MORE! Order Video.

We continue to update our safety protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are now strongly recommended but not required. We have also updated our safe return policies. To read our full COVID-19 protocols, visit the FAQs. Learn More.