Dec 2-3 Gift of Dance Concert

The Kaleidoscope Gift of Dance concert is Dec 2 and 3 at Erickson Theatre. Discover the company audiences worldwide call “mesmerizing,” “inspiring,” and “one-of-a-kind!” Tickets on sale now!


Your Support is Vital!

Our Annual Giving Campaign is underway! Help us grow our rich programming, bringing joyful dance to more people of all ages and abilities and sharing our mission: Connecting bodies and minds to transform lives through dance.

Dec 11 Win/Spr Registration Opens

A new session starts Jan 29! Register starting Dec 11. You can also join Fall classes already in session with prorated tuition. Email for details. Fill your weeks with movement and joy!

Award-winning classes for all ages!

Fun, creative classes for every age and all abilities. Family Dance, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Adaptive BrainDance, Keep Dancing for 40+ and so much more. We believe dance is for everyone! Come give it a try!


FALL REGISTRATION IS ONGOING! Join class today. 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

Classes for all ages and abilities, babies through adults, in a plethora of genres! Creative Dance, Family Dance, Nurturing Baby, Creative Modern, Pre-Ballet, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, and more! Fall session began September 11 but you can join class anytime. Miss the first or second week of class? We offer make up classes! Tuition is prorated after week 3. Learn More.
Registration is open for Feelings to Form: Mettler-based Improvisation, with guest teacher Mary Ann Brehm November 5th 10am-4pm. Immerse yourself in dance explorations which awaken your kinesthetic imagination and allow you to discover satisfying, expressive movement forms individually and in groups. Based on the work of somatic dance pioneer Barbara Mettler. 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.