Summer CAMP and CLASS registration is open!

5-week summer session of classes July 3-6 and award-winning multi-arts camps for ages 4-13 all of July and August! Ballet Stories, Art in Motion, Musical Theatre (Matilda and Finding Nemo, JR.), Lyrical Dance, Hip Hop, Dance & Drama, and more plus all your favorite classes!

Get that GIVING feeling!

Donate until May 31 with GiveBig! What a GREAT feeling, coming together to serve our community, share the power of inclusive, accessible dance, and improve ALL of our lives. When you give, good things happen for families, children, teens, adults, and seniors.

YOU can get that great feeling too!

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!

Videos available: Afternoon of Dance + Benefit Concert!

Videos are ready from our amazing 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert – live performances and films featuring Kaleidoscope Alums and the current company – AND the always inspiring Afternoon of Dance 2023 featuring current CDC students! Order at the link below.


“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

Celebrate 40 years of Kaleidoscope with an exceptional concert featuring world premiere works by local choreographers and a special alumni performance! Come see why audiences the world over call this youth modern dance company “remarkable,” “inspiring,” and “one of a kind.” Tickets go fast, buy yours today! Learn More.
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.