Register for Summer Teen Intensive!

Join our amazing line-up of guest artists July 29 to August 2 for a week of learning and fun! Two incredible classes daily including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Afro Contemporary, West African, Bollywood, Bhangra, Danza Azteca-Chichimeca, Modern (Horton Basics), and Contemporary Repertory!

Thank you for a spectactular Spring Concert!

We are still glowing with joy from our incredible performance weekend. Thank you for being a part of the magic. Stay tuned for our next adventure: the 2024 daCi conference in Slovenia!

Register for summer camps!

Registration is open for our award-winning, multi-arts camps. Fill your summer with dance, storytelling, art, music, laughter, and song.

SDIT 2024 is open

The Summer Dance Institute for Teachers is July 15-19, 2024! Learn Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance from the source as Anne Green Gilbert and Dionne Kamara lead this inspiring, transformational weeklong course.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN! View camps.

“We believe ALL people have the right to express themselves and find empowerment through dance.

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.

Kaleidoscope
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.

Mosaic
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
Announcements

EDUCATOR/COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
Our Spring workshops are open for registration! Coming up you have an amazing opportunity to learn and dance with Bill Evans and Don Halquist on June 15 at CDC. Explore the Somatic Method with master educators! Learn More.
SDIT REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Join Anne Green Gilbert & Dionne Kamara to take your practice to the next level! This incredible course explores the foundations of Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance, in a nurturing, inspiring environment. July 15-19, 2024 in Seattle. Get Details.