About the School
Creative Dance Center Staff
Creative Dance Center Director: Terry Goetz
Kaleidoscope Dance Company Artistic Director: Anna Mansbridge
Creative Dance Center Administrative Director: Martha Johnson
Creative Dance Center Faculty & Accompanists
has been teaching at CDC since Fall 2000. She received her BFA from University of Florida/New World School for the Arts with honors in dance & choreography. She has performed, choreographed, and taught young children in Paris, Florida, and the San Juan Islands before moving to Seattle. Ines teaches movement at numerous schools in the Puget Sound region and is a member of Seattle Early Dance company. She performs in various other dance styles and sings French Cabaret.
Dakota Crist is originally from Missoula, Montana. She has studied and performed with Ballet Montana and Sacramento Ballet. She also spent summers training with American Academy of Ballet, Ballet West, and Joffrey South. Dakota relocated to Seattle in late 2013 to attend Cornish College of the Arts, graduating with honors in 2016. Currently, Dakota is a company member with The Three Yells performance company and teaches dance within the Seattle community. She is also a certified Barre instructor and enjoys instructing group fitness classes around the Seattle area. Dakota is excited to join the Creative Dance Center as a faculty member and to continue her development as a dance educator.
Corina Dalzell is a dance maker and performer focusing on inclusion and community access to the arts. She supports the Seattle inclusive arts community as a creative movement workshop facilitator serving youth with disabilities. She has partnered with PROVAIL, the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, Costello Syndrome Family Support Network, and CFC International. Corina earned a B.A. in dance and collaborative studies from Bennington College in 2013. Corina's work has been produced by Cocoon Theater, Factory Street Studio, the Seattle International Dance Festival, enROOT artist collective, Studio Current, Converge Dance Festival, Alyza Delpan Monley, and independently. As a performer, Corina has worked with Veronica Lee Baik of The Three Yells Performance Company, Shannon Stewart, Kimberly Holloway, Hannah Simmons, Noelle Chun, and Alyza Delpan Monley. Before moving to Seattle in 2013, Corina served as an adjunct teaching artist and understudy for Dance Exchange, an intergenerational dance company out of Washington D.C.
Anne Green Gilbert founded the Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in Seattle, Washington in 1981 and the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 1994. Anne has had a varied teaching career starting as an elementary school teacher, moving on to dance and pedagogy classes at University of Illinois Chicago and University of Washington, then teaching children’s dance classes at Cornish College and Bill Evans/Dance Theatre Seattle before starting the Creative Dance Center. She has been an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University for many years and taught for Lesley University’s Outreach Masters Program for ten years. For the past thirty-five years, Anne has taught toddlers through adults at Creative Dance Center, trained teachers through her Summer Dance Institute, and conducted hundreds of workshops and residencies across the United States and abroad. Anne developed the BrainDance, a focusing warm-up exercise, in 2000. The BrainDance is used in many schools, studios, and homes around the world. Anne is internationally recognized for her work with young artists and the creative process. She has choreographed dances for university dance companies as well as local Northwest dance companies and Kaleidoscope.
Anne is the author of Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement (1977), Creative Dance for All Ages (1st edition 1992, 2nd edition 2015), Brain-Compatible Dance Education (2006), Teaching Creative Dance DVD (2002) and BrainDance DVD (2003/2016), as well as numerous articles. Anne has also collaborated with composer Eric Chappelle on the CDs, BrainDance Music and Music for Creative Dance Volumes I-V. Anne is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, and Dance and the Child International (daCi). Anne served on the daCi board for twelve years. Anne is founder and Past President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington, an organization promoting quality dance education in all Washington State schools K-12. As a member of the Arts Education Standards project, she helped write the Washington State Dance Standards and Learning Goals. Anne is the recipient of several awards including the NDA Scholar/Artist award in 2005, the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award for her work with boys and men in dance in 2014. In July of 2016 the American Dance Festival (ADF) awarded her the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching.
Anne is the mother of three amazing Kaleidoscope alums and grandmother of seven dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her talented husband, David.
Jessica Gleason has been dancing and performing since she was a toddler. She graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in Dance (2001). Before starting her teaching career Jessica enjoyed performing modern dance professionally around Western Washington. In 2005 she found a passion for teaching while attending the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center. Jessica joined the faculty of CDC in 2005. In addition to CDC, Jessica also teaches parent/child/baby creative dance classes at the North Kirkland Community Center, as well as preschool dance classes at both Victory Height's Cooperative Preschool and Montessori Garden preschool. She is known for her kind approach and fun energy with the kiddo's in her classes! Jessica is also mom to two fun loving boys! After having her babies Jessica discovered a super fun way to burn off the baby weight and also satisfy her love of dancing with Zumba®!! She is now a licensed Zumba® instructor and teaches for 24 Hour Fitness and is excited to bring Zumba® to the Creative Dance Center!!
is Director of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. Terry has been on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000 and began training intensively with Anne Green Gilbert in 1997. She teaches Nurturing Baby, Parent/Toddler, and Parent/Child Creative Dance classes and Ballet and Modern Dance for older children and adults. Terry has taught in preschools, elementary classrooms, and studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced from 1988-1995. Prior to performing with PNB, she was a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater from 1986-1988. During her professional career Terry performed works by George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Dendy, Merce Cunningham, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Petipa, and Bournonville, as well as performing in classical full-length works. She began her dance training in the San Fernando Valley, studying everything from tap, ballet, jazz, character dance, tumbling, to baton twirling! After catching the ballet bug she trained with Natalia Clare of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at her studio, Ballet La Jeunesse, in Toluca Lake, CA. As a teen Terry studied at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet in NY, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Terry has continued her dance training as an adult by attending numerous Summer Dance Institutes for Teachers with Anne Green Gilbert and through studying with Bill Evans at his Teacher Intensives. She presents to PEPS groups and Early Childhood specialists focusing on the importance of movement in the early years of life. Terry’s workshops at Early Childhood conferences are always enthusiastically received and she was the Keynote Speaker at the 2006 FACES North Conference and the 2007 Childhood Matters Conference. Terry presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, training dance teachers, educators, and teaching artists in BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She has presented at the National Dance Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Terry has taught for the International daCi (Dance and the Child) Finnish Chapter, the daCi National Gathering at the University of Washington, the daCi World Congress in Copenhagen, the Kuopio International Dance Festival, the Edmonton and Indiana Orff Schulwerk Associations, the East Asia Regional Council of International Schools Conferences held in Shanghai (2013) and Manila (2016), Hubbard St. in Chicago, and at universities in the US and Canada. She worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in WA state as a Dance Specialist developing updated state-wide K-12 Learning Standards for Dance. Terry is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and served as President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington. In 2015 Terry was honored as Dance Educator of the Year at the Fall DEAW Conference. This annual award is presented to dance educators working in the state of Washington who exemplify excellence in dance education.
has a MFA in Dance/Theater from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for 40 years including Artistic Director of Co-Motion Dance. She has taught at the Creative Dance Center since its beginning. Gail is also a certified Gryotonic® and Gryokinesis® Trainer.
is a Seattle native and long time student of the Creative Dance Center. She was a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company from 1984-1993, performing in and around Seattle as well as traveling with the company to Japan, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. After dancing her way through high school, Bronwen studied modern dance under Ze'eva Cohen at Princeton University. She earned a Certificate in Theatre and Dance as well as a BA in Art History from Princeton. Bronwen attended the Summer Dance Institute in 2008 and has taught creative dance and BrainDance workshops to high school students. Recently she has had the joy of bringing her own children to the Creative Dance Center for Nurturing Baby and Parent/Child classes. It is thrilling to be a part of the wonderful faculty and curriculum at the CDC.
is honored to be joining the Creative Dance Center team this summer! A musical theatre performer herself, Carly is a passionate teaching artist, choreographer, and director. She has taught dance and musical theatre with Village Theatre, Foundry10, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Backstage Dance Studio, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and Central Washington University (CWU) and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance Performance from CWU. Carly’s choreography credits include: The Little Mermaid (Everett High School), 42nd Street (Auburn Riverside High School), The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty High School), Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Issaquah Middle School), Urinetown (Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School), and A Christmas Carol and The Tempest at CWU. In addition to teaching and choreographing Carly has performed locally with Taproot Theatre (A Charlie Brown Christmas, Big Fish), Seattle Children’s Theatre (High School Musical), Seattle Musical Theatre (Little Women, 9 to 5), Wooden O (A Midsummer Nights’ Dream), and Village Theatre including: Show Boat, Meet Me in St. Louis, 42nd Street, Funny Girl and the New Musical String (June 2017). Carly brings a buoyant and positive attitude to her teaching and loves seeing her students grow in their technical abilities as well as their life skills learned through the arts.
has been practicing yoga for 16 years in both Kripalu and Iyengar traditions. Her first yoga class was here at Creative Dance Center with beloved teacher Christy Fisher in 2000. She was certified as a yoga instructor after a 200 hour/year-long training in Hatha Yoga with Christy Fisher at Phinney Ridge Yoga. Since graduation, she has been teaching in-home private classes. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Creative Dance Center.
was born in Seattle, Washington. She participated in many youth and high school programs: Dance, Cheerleading, Track & Field, Basketball, Skiing, Softball, Volleyball, and Steel Drum. These experiences allowed Kechelle to be active in her community and shaped the way she relates to the world and others.
In 2004 Kechelle began working with youth through the Washington Reading Corps. After two years of service she relocated to California, working for the City of Sacramento as a Human Service Coordinator supervising an after school program for middle school students. Returning to Seattle in 2008, Kechelle became a preschool teacher, enrolling in a degree program for Early Childhood Development. Upon completion of the program she worked in the classroom for about 5 years, taking on additional roles as mentor supervisor and small group enrichment teacher.
In 2012 and 2014 Kechelle attended the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, held at the Creative Dance Center, training under Anne Green Gilbert. At SDIT she learned about Brain Compatible Education and how to facilitate and assess quality movement experiences for young children. Upon completion of the two-week intensive Kechelle was empowered to construct a unique program that specializes in providing quality experiences for young children by combining her knowledge and expertise as Early Childhood Educator with BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Education. Emerald City Creative Arts (ECCA) was established in 2013 and now provides movement enrichment services in over 10 schools across the greater Seattle area.
Since joining CDC’s faculty in 2013, Kechelle has immersed herself in our teaching methodology, assisting and working directly with Anne Green Gilbert. She teaches Parent-Child, Creative Dance, Creative Modern, Dance & Art, and Zumba® Fitness classes as well as Summer Camps integrating art and dance.
Working together with learning communities, young children, and families to foster and enhance social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development has been an incredible self-reflecting journey. Kechelle truly enjoys the work that she does and plans to continue to share the gift of movement.
has been Administrative Director of Creative Dance Center since 1991 during which time she has traveled the world with Kaleidoscope Dance Company and held down the fort at CDC. Feel free to drop by the Office anytime!
Anna Mansbridge, Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company, choreographer, dancer, and teacher, is originally from the U.K and now resides in Seattle, WA. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, U.K and an M.F.A in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, CA. She has been on the faculty at the Creative Dance Center since the Fall of 1999 teaching all ages. She has created many dances for Kaleidoscope Dance Company and co-directed the company with Anne Green Gilbert for 5 years before taking over the Directorship upon Anne’s retirement in July 2014. In addition, Anna is the Founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, a company dedicated to recreating dances from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Her directing/choreographing credits include Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Emilio De’ Cavalieri (1600), The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell (1695), La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (1625), and Wayward Sisters, an evening of dance and song from seventeenth century Italy. Most recently Anna was the choreographer for Christoph Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (1774) presented by UW School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks at Meany Theater. A review in the Seattle Times described her work as “effective and beautiful.” In addition, Anna has directed a DVD titled Baroque Basics: An Introduction to the Dance and the Music of the Baroque Period. Anna has been an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and she is Chair-Elect for daCi USA (dance and the Child international). She organized the very successful 5th National Gathering at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 2014. Anna co-directs the one-week Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center with Terry Goetz, and she gives workshops in Brain-Based Dance Education both locally and internationally. This past summer she traveled to Tainan, Taiwan to teach a series of workshops at the Tainan University of Technology.
Hayley Shannon migrated from Michigan to Seattle in 2013 after earning a BA in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University. She immersed herself in the dance community while completing Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Internship in development. Currently, Hayley is a faculty member and Development Manager at Spectrum Dance Theater, Dancer and Communications Manager for The Three Yells Performance Company, and a Teaching Artist Apprentice with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Hayley seeks to cultivate community and empower people of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages to celebrate their individuality through dance.
Tom Bergersen, dance musician, works with the University of Washington Dance Department and with PNB. He has worked previously with Bochinche's school program, and with Bill Evans. Currently Tom performs with the Seattle based Latin Jazz group, Sonando.
Andrew Rishikof is a professional drummer and educator from Montreal playing and recording since 1990 for artists including Cirque du Soleil and Rufus Wainwright. His performance training includes The Berklee College of Music (Boston), Drummers Collective (New York), and The McGill Conservatory of Music (Montreal). He has studied with drum masters Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kenny Aronoff, and Pete Magadini to name a few. Andrew has worked extensively as a solo accompanist for Modern Dance, drumming for companies including Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, and Dance Alloy Theater in Pittsburgh where he also co-designed and taught music and drumming for outreach programs.