40th Anniversary Benefit Concert October 15!
We are kicking of our 40th Anniversary celebration with an amazing concert of live performances and films featuring Kaleidoscope Alums, the current company, and exciting guest stars! Join us as we honor this significant occasion together! October 15 7:30pm at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center. Ticket link below!
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“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
- The 5-part lesson plan used in all our classes.
- The use of principles and strategies based on brain research to create an environment where students experience deep learning.
- The Dance Concepts: Space, Time, Force, and Body.
- The BrainDance, a body-brain warm-up based on fundamental movement patterns.
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.
Mosaic Dance Company is comprised of children between the ages of 7 and 13, 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 in the Fall of 2018. Mosaic performs with Kaleidoscope in two major annual concerts each year.
Creative Dance Center
40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT CONCERT!
We are kicking off our 40th Anniversary celebration with a spectacular evening of live performances and dance films by Kaleidoscope Alumni from the first four decades! 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! Honor this significant occasion with us! Proceeds benefit CDC Scholarships and Community Engagement programs.