Where dance and brain development play together.
Find classes for children, teens, and adults like Creative Dance, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, Adaptive Dance, and beyond.
Are you an educator or dance instructor? Sign up for a workshop!
Learn more about our teaching methodology, Brain-Compatible Dance Education, and how you can put it into practice.
Meet the dance company that has performed across the globe.
Creative Dance Center’s resident dance company, Kaleidoscope, offers creative and professional-level concerts performed by youth of all ages.
“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
ONLINE SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES 2021!
Join us this summer for transformational learning! Engage with Anne Green Gilbert’s revolutionary teaching methodology right at the source. We are offering the Foundational Course and Refresher Course this summer online. Explore Summer Workshop Series.
SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Our 11-week Spring Session runs March 22 – June 14. Check our classes page for offerings and registration. As of now all classes are virtual following health and safety guidelines. Explore classes.
SPRING BREAK MINI-CAMPS!
We are thrilled to offer Spring Break Mini-Camps in April! Choose from Art in Nature or Musical Theatre – Beauty & the Beast! Art, Dance, Song, Joy! Ages 5-9, Tues/Wed/Thurs April 13-15. Explore camps
RE-WATCH the KALEIDOSCOPE GIFT OF DANCE CONCERT!
The amazing Kaleidoscope + Mosaic Dance Companies presented a full-length virtual concert featuring original choreography by the dancers last December. The concert is available for anytime online viewing in our films archive! Watch here.