Classes & Workshops

Spring Session: Online Mar 22 – Jun 14 (no class May 31). Email bronwen@creativedance.org for a prorated Coupon Code.
Summer Session: Options for In Studio and Virtual. Classes Jul 5 – Aug 7. Camps weekly July 5 – Aug 20.

Both Spring and Summer classes are listed below. Make sure you choose the correct button – marked either Spring or Summer – to register for the session you want. The button also specifies whether a class is in STUDIO or ONLINE.

Ages 0-4

These classes focus on basic movement skills, a multi-sensory and playful environment, and the loving bond between caregiver and child.

Nurturing Baby (Spring + Summer)

A full hour of dance and playtime baby fun! Meaningful social/emotional connections are made as you and baby dance together and with others. Explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Sing nursery rhymes and move to a wide variety of music. Fun and appropriate movements for baby’s developing body and brain.

Family Dance (Spring + Summer)

Experience a magical hour of connection with your child/children. Learn the BrainDance, explore dance concepts, play instruments, practice movement skills. Teachers offer adaptations and guidance so class is engaging and appropriate for a variety of ages and abilities. Family Dance joyfully supports body awareness, imagination, and creativity! Ask about our Family Discount!

Pre-K

For kids ready to participate in dance class without a caregiver. These classes focus on dance skills, social/ emotional learning, and self expression.

Creative Dance (Spring + Summer)

Imagination, creativity, and joyful expression are nurtured while young dancers explore movement concepts, develop dance skills, strengthen the body and brain, and connect with others. Skills become more challenging throughout the year and progress with age level. Creative Dance for Grades K-1 listed under Children & Teens.

Creative Ballet (Spring + Summer)

Exploring ballet skills and vocabulary through joyful and imaginative creative dance helps young dancers learn ballet with ease and enjoyment. Explore movement concepts, develop dance skills and self-expression, and connect with others through the lens of ballet.

Children & Teens

Our Children & Teen program focuses on dance technique, compositional skills, compassionate collaboration, and critical thinking.

Creative Dance (Spring)

Explore movement concepts, develop dance skills, strengthen the body and brain, connect with others, and have fun stretching your imagination in creative dance classes. Skills become more challenging throughout the year and progress with age level, building on Creative Dance for pre-K.

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Creative Modern (Spring + Summer)

More technically challenging than Creative Dance, this class is for dancers ready to learn more movement skills while continuing to have fun improvising. Dancers begin to collaborate with others and develop their expressive voice as they learn to create dances using the fundamentals of choreography.

Modern I (Spring)

Students explore the patterns of the BrainDance and movement concepts, learn fundamental modern dance skills, collaborate with partners, and become familiar with choreographic forms as they create dances. Guided reflection and sharing deepens understanding. Students take an active role in their own learning to become skilled dancers and choreographers.

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Modern II (Spring + Summer)

Students experience complex movement possibilities within the BrainDance and explore the Elements of Dance - Space, Time, Force, Body - to develop personal expressivity. Structured movement sequences build technique. Dancers collaborate and study additional choreographic forms. Observation and communication skills are strengthened as students give feedback on peer dance studies created in class.

Modern III (Spring + Summer)

Understanding deepens as connections are made between BrainDance patterns and technique. Dancers explore the body’s relationship to Space, Time & Force through complex improvisations, floor work, & movement sequences. Choreographic prompts encourage collaboration & creativity. Dancers analyze choreography and share feedback, strengthening dance literacy & communication skills.

Modern IV (Spring + Summer)

Students build technique alongside artistry as improvisations, floor work, rhythmical phrasing, and combinations become more challenging and complex. Dancers create using the Elements of Dance and choreographic forms and devices. Through analysis, evaluation, self-reflection, and guided feedback, students refine choreographic intent as they gain confidence in their own creative voice.

Intermediate/Advanced Modern (Spring + Summer)

A concept-based, student-centered technique class for older teens and adults wishing to deepen understanding of their embodied performance of modern dance. Content is derived from Limón, Bartenieff, Cunningham, and release techniques while following Anne Green Gilbert's 5-part lesson plan, including BrainDance and student generated choreography. 

Pre-Ballet (Spring + Summer)

A fun and creative introduction to ballet class. Students explore developmentally appropriate ballet vocabulary and movement skills through the dance concepts. Musicality, improvisation, skill development, and the fundamentals of choreography are taught with an emphasis on nurturing the creative voice of each student. Ballet shoes optional for K, required for 1st/2nd graders.

Ballet I (Spring)

A holistic ballet class (includes barre and center work) where the dance concepts are used to deepen learning and foster self-expression. Individual, partner, and small group improvisations support social-emotional learning. Students develop composition skills by creating their own dances. Ballet shoes required.

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Ballet II (Spring)

Warming up with the BrainDance gets students ready for more challenging barre and center work. Ballet technique continues to develop as do more complex movement explorations, alone and with partners. Composition skills are nurtured by introducing more choreographic tools and devices to dancers. Ballet shoes required.

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Ballet III (Spring)

Ballet technique becomes more complex at the barre and in the center. Dancers warm up with the BrainDance and explore the dance concepts, deepening their understanding of technique while developing artistry and self-expression. Choreography skill increases through collaboration and creating dances using choreographic forms and devices. Ballet shoes required.

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Moved2Create (Summer)

Explore dance, drawing, and writing as catalysts for expression and empowerment. In this space, we acknowledge everyone as an artist! Whether this is your first arts class or you are a seasoned creator, you will uncover new ways to express and connect.

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Jazz + Pop! (Spring + Summer)

Jazz + Pop is a high-energy class exploring jazz, pop, lyrical, and contemporary dance styles. Age appropriate and kid friendly, dancers learn dance skills from these genres in a safe and positive environment. Exploring dance concepts through improvisation supports self-expression and creativity. Develop rhythmic, body, and spatial awareness in this upbeat and fun class!

Jazz (Summer)

Explore isolations, polyrhythms, and syncopation with roots in West African dance forms, tap, Afro-Cuban social dance, ballet, and contemporary dance forms. Discover the social and kinetic elements of jazz dance through a proper warm-up, improvisation, technique exercises, and learning a combination.

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Hip Hop I (Spring + Summer)

Explore various street dance styles from the vibrant culture of Hip Hop. Have fun discovering the way the dance concepts of Space, Time, Force, and Body feel as you move in this rhythmic and energetic dance style. Dancers develop their own voice through learning how to free-style and creating their own dances. 

Hip Hop II (Summer)

Explore various street dance styles from the vibrant culture of Hip Hop. Discover dance concepts of Space, Time, Force, and Body as you move in this rhythmic and energetic style. Learn about the rich history and roots of Hip Hop and be part of a community of dancers centered on values of understanding and knowledge. Develop your unique voice through free-style and by creating your own dances.

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Inclusive Hip Hop for Tweens/Teens (Spring + Summer)

Technique/movement from the vibrant culture of Hip Hop. For tweens/teens with varying levels of experience and/or physical/developmental abilities. Learn together in a space where personal uniqueness is celebrated. Engage in social-emotional learning and develop skills through free-styling and choreography. No one-on-one supervision is provided. 

Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (Spring + Summer)

Explore different movement combinations and techniques from the wide range of styles associated with Hip Hop. Learn rhythm and precision in this energetic class that instills the importance of storytelling through movement. Guest teacher Jay Tan (Singapore’s Soka Youth Dance Crew, Artistic Director of NTU MJ Hip Hop and Hip Hop Connxion Chicago) infuses this class with emotion and style.

Adaptive Dance (Spring + Summer)

Adaptive Dance class includes the BrainDance, body awareness, group cooperation, improvisation, and celebrates individual creativity. Participants are welcome to bring support in the form of family or staff to aid their participation. This is a class for students of all abilities/disabilities. No one-on-one supervision will be provided.

Adults

Our adult classes focus on movement skills, technique, and exercise through the joyful exploration of dance.

Creative Modern for Adults (Spring + Summer)

Explore Brain-Compatible dance with Anne Green Gilbert! Includes BrainDance, floor and center work, technique, folk dance, movement combinations, improvisation, and choreography. A great way to incorporate movement and creativity into your week.

Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (Spring + Summer)

Explore different movement combinations and techniques from the wide range of styles associated with Hip Hop. Learn rhythm and precision in this energetic class that instills the importance of storytelling through movement. Guest teacher Jay Tan (Singapore’s Soka Youth Dance Crew, Artistic Director of NTU MJ Hip Hop and Hip Hop Connxion Chicago) infuses this class with emotion and style.

Intermediate/ Advanced Modern (Spring + Summer)

A concept-based, student-centered technique class for older teens and adults wishing to deepen understanding of their embodied performance of modern dance. Content is derived from Limon, Bartenieff, Cunningham, and release techniques while following Anne Green Gilbert's 5-part lesson plan, including BrainDance and student-generated choreography.  

Keep Dancing! Modern for 40+ (Spring)

Fun and Fitness for your fourth decade & beyond! Includes BrainDance, floor & center work, technique, movement combinations, folk dances, improvisation, and choreography. Adults under 40 are welcome! 

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Exercise & Dance (Spring)

Experience improved alignment, body integration, and range of motion as you work from the inner core. Dance allows the body full and creative expression through space while exercises build strength from within. Realize the joy of working with your body in a supportive environment as you improve functional and expressive movement. 

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8-Class Card

Our flexible use class card is good for 8 classes in any Adult class. Our class cards are not available for online classes. You may purchase a class card when we are back in studio. Class card list and balance is located in the studio. Card is good for 1 year from purchase date. Your teacher will track your attendance.

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Camps

Art in Nature Camp - In Studio

Connect with the natural world through movement and art! Each day a new exploration awaits – learn how dance concepts like Energy, Flow, and Pathways relate to living plants, animals, weather, land, and water. Dance class and art project are thematically linked. Dancers see, feel, and discover nature in art and art in nature.

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Ballet Stories Camp - In Studio

Have fun exploring, dancing, and bringing to life story ballets such as Cinderella, The Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. Includes an age-appropriate, dance-concept based ballet class each day and many fun activities! We will read stories and create props and crafts to accompany our dances. Offerings for ages 4-6 and ages 5-8.

Musical Theatre Camp - Mary Poppins - Online

Have a "SUPERcalifragilisticexpialidocious" time singing, dancing, & telling magical stories using body and voice expression. Mary Poppins Camp will be "Practically Perfect" and "Spoonful of Sugar" sweet! "Step In Time" and explore fun characters, classic tunes, and energetic dances. Create amazing crafts to use in our songs and celebrate "The Perfect Nanny", Mary Poppins. In studio option be

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Dance & Mixed Media Art Camp - Online

Unleash imagination and experiment with a variety of materials, tools, and techniques in this hands-on camp! Dance concepts are paired with visual art concepts, deepening learning as children develop their reasoning, creative, and problem solving skills. This enriching camp invites children to explore movement through the lens of a visual artist.  

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Musical Theatre Camp - Mary Poppins - In Studio

Have a "SUPERcalifragilisticexpialidocious" time singing, dancing, and telling magical stories using full body and voice expression. Online Mary Poppins Camp will be "Practically Perfect" and "Spoonful of Sugar" sweet! "Step In Time" and explore fun characters, classic tunes, and energetic dances. Create amazing crafts to use in our songs and to celebrate "The Perfect Nanny", Mary Poppins.

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Musical Theatre Camp - Wizard of Oz - In Studio

Journey "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and learn iconic songs like "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "The Lollipop Guild", and dances to go with them! Explore how our differences make us special and how perceived weakness can really be strength (just like the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion!). We'll use our voices, bodies, and imaginations to follow the yellow brick road and travel to the Emerald City!

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Global Dance Camp - In Studio

Travel the globe to understand how dance reflects life! Explore a new continent each day and learn about powerful dances like Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, Hawaiian Hula, West African Mask Dance, and more. Discover the dance concepts emphasized in each dance and appreciate how music and environment express and influence the culture.

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Hip Hop Camp - in Studio

Explore dance styles from the vibrant culture of Hip Hop, through the lens of the dance concepts. Dancers develop their own voice while learning the history of Hip Hop dance and culture. Movement vocabulary from breaking, locking, popping, commercial/new style, and House dance. We also create art inspired by Hip Hop culture!

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Art in Motion Camp - In Studio

Each day discover a new artist and the connections between visual art and dance. Harriet Powers (Story Collages), Claude Monet (Landscape Paintings), Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Optical Illusion Portraits), and M. C. Escher (Tessellation Pictures) will inspire our creations. Art in Motion engages creativity through kinesthetic and visual/spatial learning experiences!

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Teen & Adult Summer Workshops

Teen Intensive – In Studio

Ages 13 to 19 / Monday Aug 9 – Friday Aug 13
Mon – Fri 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Experience freedom and growth this summer! A caring, non-judgmental, and inspiring faculty is ready to support your development as a dancer and creative artist.

Teens ages 13+ have the opportunity to study with five passionate, unique, and gifted dance educators: Sarah Alaways, Nia-Amina Minor, Noelle Price, Tshedzom Tingkhye, and Bri Wilson. Each day features a 90-minute modern class, a facilitated talk back, and a specialty class in a different style or theme such as Jazz, Afro-Contemporary, Ballet, and Creative Process.

Click below to learn details about our Teen Intensive faculty, course offerings, and schedule. The Teen Intensive is not to be missed!

Hip Hop & Storytelling Workshop –
In Studio

Ages 13 to Adult / Monday Aug 16 – Friday Aug 20
Mon-Thurs 7:00-8:15pm and Fri 7:00-8:30pm

Dive into the art of storytelling and movement design! Dance is a powerful language, unique and personal to every individual. Couple that with a compelling story and one can shift minds and offer new perspectives to an audience.

In this workshop, students will learn the essence and framework of good storytelling and how it applies to dance performance. Students will co-create and build out their stories through movement exploration with their peers throughout the 5 days. This workshop aims to push students to think outside traditional structures of performance. The workshop will predominantly draw inspiration from hip hop movement, culture, and techniques.

Stories are powerful when shared. If CDC guidelines and Covid protocols allow, the workshop will culminate in a mini-showcase on the last day, where students will be able to share their stories with friends and family.

Virtual Summer Workshop Series 2021

Sensing ~ Connecting ~ Moving 

Join our renowned faculty online as they share the philosophy of Brain-Compatible Dance Education and the power of the BrainDance. Planning successful dance classes that are brain-based is straightforward, creative, and fun when you use a five-part lesson plan, focus on the dance concepts of Space, Time, Force and Body, and utilize principles of brain-compatible teaching. Through movement and discussion, these workshops will provide teachers with tools to create meaningful, engaging, and developmentally appropriate dance curricula for all ages and abilities, in person and online.

Celebrating over 25 years of professional development, our workshops are designed for educators, dance teachers, arts specialists, and therapists who wish to understand the vital link between movement and cognition. Learn more about Summer Workshop Series – with courses for both new and returning participants – by clicking below!

Educator & Community Workshops

Workshops That Move You

Join us at the Creative Dance Center as we laugh, learn, discover, and dance throughout the school year. Educators, dance teachers, teaching artists, early childhood specialists, OTs and PTs, and parents are welcome. Led by CDC staff, workshops focus on Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance. Guest presenters share work that complements CDC’s holistic and somatic approach to learning.

Join our e-Newletter to get updates on future workshop dates and offerings.

Virtual Field Trips

Learn With Movement

Now you can experience the magic of an award-winning Creative Dance Center class with your preschool, homeschool group, troop, club, or other group – virtually! Children explore dance concepts such as Pathways, Relationships, Size, and Weight. Class includes the BrainDance warm-up and lots of fun guided movement explorations over Zoom. We offer a balance of student-centered and teacher-directed activities, to explore, develop skills, and build tools for creative self-expression. Virtual field trips are booked based on teacher availability.

Details

  • Virtual field trips are one hour. $135 for up to 16 children; $160 for 17-25 children
  • Virtual field trips are limited to 25 students.
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled with 14+ day’s notice. Refund less $50 with 7-14 days notice. Less than 7 days notice, CDC retains full payment.
Have more questions?

Contact Terry at terry@creativedance.org for teacher availability. Time and date must be confirmed before paying at link below.

Virtual Birthday Parties

Celebrate Through Dance

Our birthday parties have gone virtual! Celebrate a birthday in a unique way with one of the Creative Dance Center’s talented and creative teachers. Enjoy a dance class over Zoom that celebrates self-expression, creativity, and fun. Warm up with the BrainDance, dance to great music, and explore dance concepts such as Level, Energy, Speed, and Size. Birthday parties are booked based on teacher availability.

Details

  • Virtual Birthday party fee is $180.00.
  • Party time on Zoom is up to 90 minutes. This includes a 45-60 minute dance class with remaining time for welcoming, socializing, and celebrating over Zoom.
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled with over 14 day’s notice. Refund less $50 with 7-14 days notice. If under 7 days notice, full payment is retained by the Creative Dance Center.

 

Have more questions?

Contact Terry at terry@creativedance.org for teacher availability. Time and date must be confirmed before paying at the link below.

Policies & FAQs

Getting Here
Driving Directions

Creative Dance Center is located in the beautiful Haller Lake Community Club in a residential neighborhood just off Aurora Avenue North.

12577 Densmore Avenue North is just south of the North 128th Street and Densmore Avenue North intersection.

From Aurora Avenue North, go east on N 128th Street. Northbound on I-5, take the NE 130th Street exit. Southbound on I-5, take the NE 145th Street exit.

From either exit, head west and turn south on Meridian N and west on N 128th.

Parking & Additional Info

We have plenty of free parking. Our office is located next door to the studio, just to the north at 12583 Densmore Ave. N.

Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/ for convenient bus routes from your neighborhood.

When are classes in session?

Here are the dates we’re in session for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Fall 2020

Session I: Seven-Week Online Session Monday, September 14, 2020 through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Session II: Six-Week Online Session Monday, November 2, 2020 through Saturday, December 19, 2020.

No classes November 23 – 29, 2020 and December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021.

Winter/Spring 2021

Winter Session: Ten-Week Online Session Monday, January 4, 2021 through Saturday, March 20, 2021.

No classes Monday January 18, 2021 and February 15-21, 2021.

Spring Session: Eleven-Week Online Session Monday, March 22, 2021 through Monday, June 14, 2021.

No classes April 12-18, 2021 and Monday, May 31, 2021.

Summer 2021

Summer Session: Five-Week Session Monday, July 5, 2021 through Saturday, August 7, 2021. 

Classes will be offered in studio and online.

 

What are your in-studio Covid-19 policies and procedures?

For the health and safety of our students, faculty, and community, our studio classes are currently being held online over Zoom. We miss you all! We are so happy to provide opportunities for connection and joyful dance in the virtual space. The feedback for our virtual classes has been fabulous! Classes will remain online through Spring Session.

Covid Information and Guidelines for In Person Classes and Camps

We are excited to welcome students back into our building this summer! To ensure the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and faculty, the Creative Dance Center will follow state and CDC Covid guidelines. As new info and guidelines become available due to changing circumstances and Phases, we will share updates with you.

Creative Dance Center will implement the following Covid protocols: Families must complete health waiver before arriving at the studio. Temperature taken by staff before entering building. Masks required for students ages 2 and up. Hand sanitizing stations will be available. Cleaning and disinfecting props and high use areas as recommended by the CDC. Floor markings in the studios for safe distancing. Extra time between classes and camps for safe transitions and time to clean our spaces.

More detailed Covid procedures following public health guidelines will be shared with registered students prior to your first class or camp this summer. Working together we can stay safe and healthy as we dance in our physical space once again!

Any additional questions about Covid procedures or closures can be directed to bronwen@creativedance.org.

What should I know about online classes on Zoom?

We are excited to offer our Brain-Compatible Dance Education classes online while COVID-19 precludes gathering safely in the studio. CDC’s virtual classes are taught by our award-winning faculty, all experienced in leading fun and engaging dance classes over Zoom since Creative Dance Center moved online in March.

You should have a clear, safe space to move – CDC students have been dancing in their living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms and basements! For the best virtual class experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer. Make sure your device has plenty of battery life!

Before registering please review these tips from Zoom to make sure you have the technology needed to participate successfully. Please familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance to prepare for the online learning experience. A hardwired connection is recommended over wifi. Check out helpful tips here and here to improve your Zoom connection.

What do I need to know for our first Ages 0-4 class?

Please see our Zoom info in the drop down above for tips while we continue offering our classes online for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families!

Please note: Covid Protocols may prohibit normal operations as described below. Please refer to the Detailed Covid Guidelines when they become available for protocols during the pandemic. Thank you!

Welcome! Our Caregiver-Child classes include Nurturing Baby and Family Dance (formerly Caregiver/Toddler, Caregiver/Tot/Child, and Caregiver/Child). Children and adults should wear comfortable clothing (we get down on the floor!) and we dance in bare feet.

When we are back in studio, in our main lobby you will find a poster easel with the Dance Concept we will be exploring that week in class as well as any important information. The upper studio is right off the main lobby. If the doors are open to the studio come right in and introduce yourself and your child to your teacher. If the doors are closed, please wait in the lobby until your teacher invites you in. If your class is in the lower studio, take the interior stairs to the lower level and introduce yourself and your child to your teacher. Only water bottles are allowed in both studios, no other food or drink. Food and other drinks are allowed in our waiting room.

The waiting room, off the main lobby, has wifi, tables, chairs, toys, crayons, paper, and a library of wonderful books for children and adults. We have a girls dressing room/bathroom and a large all-gender ADA equipped restroom on the main floor. There is an all gender restroom on the lower level as well. Please keep your valuables and personal belongings with you at all times. You may bring your belongings into both studios. At the beginning of class your teacher will welcome everyone, share printed resources about classes at CDC as well as helpful tips for having a fun and playful experience with your child/children in dance class!

What do I need to know for my child's first Pre-K drop-off class?

Please see our Zoom info in the drop down above for tips while we continue offering our classes online for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families!

Please note: Covid Protocols may prohibit normal operations as described below. Please refer to the Detailed Covid Guidelines when they become available for protocols during the pandemic. Thank you!

Pre-Class Prep for classes in the Studio:
How exciting! A drop-off, independent dance class is a big step – as much for parents and caregivers as it is for preschoolers! We have close to 40 years teaching experience with this age group. We understand every child and caregiver is unique and we also have some tried and true tips and recommendations to make this transition a smooth one.

Please arrive a few minutes early to support your dancer’s transition into class. Separation anxiety is eased when there is ample time for greetings and good-byes. In our main lobby you will find a poster easel with the Dance Concept we will be exploring that week in class as well as any important information. We have a girls dressing room and bathroom and a large all gender ADA equipped restroom on the main floor. There is an all gender restroom on the lower level as well. If your class is in the lower studio take the interior stairs down to the lower level. If your class is in the upper studio please wait in the lobby and your teacher will invite you in to the studio when they are ready for students. Please introduce yourself and your child to your teacher.

We invite you stay for the first 5 minutes or so, then quietly move into an area where students do not see you. This allows students to bond with each other and their teacher and maintain focus in a more effective way. Our lobby and our waiting room are right off of the upper studio for those taking class on the upper level. For classes in the lower studio, parents/caregivers are welcome to stay on the stairs (which are out of sight but easily accessible if you are needed by the teacher) or move upstairs to the waiting room. We ask that you plan to stay on-site during your child’s classes in case you are needed. If you do need to leave CDC while your child is in class, please confirm with your teacher that your child has adjusted to being on their own before leaving. Always notify your teacher if you will not be on site during class.

Director Terry Goetz is at the first class of new sessions to help ease this transition for young dancers and their parents and welcome everyone. Each situation that may arise is handled on an individual basis. Our waiting room has wifi, tables, chairs, toys, crayons, paper, and a library of wonderful books for children and adults. Our instructors will communicate with you if there are any issues that come up regarding separation and participation in class. We do our best to resolve these issues keeping in mind what will work best for the individual child and the class as a whole. If your young child is not ready to dance on their own, Parent/Child class may be more developmentally appropriate. Please call Terry Goetz, Director, at 206-363-7281 if you are unsure of appropriate class placement for your child or email terry@creativedance.org.

First Time Transition Tips

Please prepare your child by letting them know they will be dancing with their teacher and other children and that you will be nearby in our waiting room or on the stairs. We ask that you plan to stay on-site during your child’s classes in case you are needed.

Class Attire & Bathroom Breaks

Make sure your child uses the bathroom right before class, and have your dancer wear clothes they can handle on their own (take on/off) for bathroom visits during class. Be aware our teachers cannot accompany students to the bathroom while they are teaching so caregivers of students that need restroom assistance must stay in the building during class. Email bronwen@creativedance.org if you anticipate separation issues at your first class or if you have additional questions/concerns.

 

What do I need to know for my child's first Children & Teens class?

Please see our Zoom info in the drop down above for tips while we continue offering our classes online for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families!

Please note: Covid Protocols may prohibit normal operations as described below. Please refer to the Detailed Covid Guidelines when they become available for protocols during the pandemic. Thank you!

Pre-Class Prep for classes in the Studio:
Please arrive a few minutes early to support your dancer’s transition into class.
 Separation anxiety is eased when there is ample time for greetings and good-byes. In our main lobby you will find a poster easel with the Dance Concept we will be exploring that week in class as well as any important information. We have a girls dressing room and bathroom and a large all gender ADA equipped restroom on the main floor. There is an all gender restroom on the lower level as well. If your class is in the lower studio take the interior stairs down to the lower level. If your class is in the upper studio please wait in the lobby and your teacher will invite you in to the studio when they are ready for students. Please introduce yourself and your child to your teacher. We invite you stay for the first 5 minutes or so, then move into an area where students do not see you. This allows students to bond with each other and their teacher and maintain focus in a more effective way. Our lobby and our waiting room are right off of the upper studio.
 
Please plan to stay on-site during your child’s first few classes in case you are needed. Our upstairs waiting room has wifi, a dance library, and a selection of books/toys/art supplies for kids. If your child’s class is in the lower studio you are also welcome to stay close on the stairs, which is out of sight but easily accessible if you are needed by the teacher.
Once your teacher has confirmed your child has adjusted to being on their own and you feel comfortable leaving your child, you may go off site during class.
 
Pick-up
For safety reasons students must be picked up inside the building. If someone other than the person who dropped off is picking up, please inform your teacher at drop off. After a 5 minute grace period, there will be a $10 charge for each 10 minutes past the pickup time.
 
Class Attire & Bathroom Breaks
Make sure your child uses the bathroom right before class, and have your dancer wear clothes they can handle on their own (take on/off) for bathroom visits during class. Be aware our teachers cannot accompany students to the bathroom while they are teaching so caregivers of students that need restroom assistance should stay in the building during class. Email bronwen@creativedance.org if you anticipate separation issues at your first class or if you have additional questions/concerns.
What is the recommended class attire?
By Age Group:

For adults, we recommend wearing dance or exercise clothes. 

For children, we recommend dance clothes such as leotards, leggings, footless tights, t-shirts, sweatpants or shorts, dance skirts, etc., bare feet. 

For toddlers, we suggest dance or play clothes, bare feet. 

By Class Genre:

Ballet shoes are optional for Pre-Ballet K and required for Pre-Ballet 1 and Ballet I/II & III classes. 

For Hip Hop classes please wear indoor-only soft-soled dance sneakers or athletic shoes.

Where do I store my personal belongings?

Please keep valuables and personal belongings with you at all times. Do not leave valuables unattended. Dancers are encouraged to bring valuables and water bottles into the studios while taking class. CDC is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. Food and drinks other than water are only allowed in our waiting room on the main floor.

How do I guarantee my place in class?
Registration and payment of tuition is required to ensure a place in class. Registration in current classes does not guarantee a space in upcoming sessions. Full tuition is due at the time of registration. If this presents a hardship, contact bronwen@creativedance.org to discuss paying in 2 installments or applying for financial aid. Classes without sufficient enrollment will be canceled. Tuition may be pro-rated after the 2nd week with a $10 pro-rate fee. 

 

Can I get a discount if I am registering multiple children?
CDC offers two types of discounts for families registering more than one child within a session. You must contact bronwen@creativedance.org to get a Coupon Code BEFORE you register online. You will not receive the discount without the Coupon Code.

Sibling Discount: For siblings registering in different classes within the same session, or in the same class that is not Family Dance (see below), we offer a 5% discount on the tuition of each class. Email bronwen@creativedance.org for the Sibling Discount Coupon Code BEFORE registering for class.

Family Dance Discount: For families registering more than 1 child in a single Nurturing Baby, Family Dance (formerly Caregiver/Toddler, Caregiver/Child, or Caregiver/Tot/Child), we offer a 50% discount for the second and/or third child. Email bronwen@creativedance.org for the Family Dance Coupon Code BEFORE registering for class.

Office Hours to receive Coupon Codes are Monday through Thursday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

 

What if I’m late to register? Can I register once the session begins?
CDC offers rolling admission, so you may register at any point during the session for any class that is not marked full. Classes may be prorated after the 3rd week of the session. A $10 prorate fee will be assessed. You will need to contact bronwen@creativedance.org in order to register after the 3rd week of the session. Summer Session classes are not prorated.

Classes and camps without sufficient enrollment will be canceled and refunded in full.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial aid is available based on need. An application will be sent to you at your request and must be received at CDC before you register. Email: bronwen@creativedance.org

When can I visit and/or observe my child in class?

When we are back in the studio, we have several Visiting/Observation weeks throughout the year.

Please note: Covid Protocols may prohibit normal operations including visiting week. Please refer to the Detailed Covid Guidelines when they become available for protocols during the pandemic. Thank you!

Creative Dance Center schedules Visiting/Observation Weeks approximately halfway through and during the last week of our in-studio sessions. Visiting Week is meant for families to observe their child’s class and see the progress that is being made and to witness the fun! If your child is taking a drop-off class, these two Observation weeks are the only time parents are invited to observe classes. We feel it is important to develop bonds with instructors and peers and that the presence of parents/caregivers may impede this opportunity for bonding. Many teachers do invite parents in to watch free dancing or student choreography at the end of each class. Check in with your teacher about this. 

 

Will my child have an opportunity to perform?
Winter/Spring students in independent drop-off classes including Creative Ballet, Creative Dance, Creative Modern, Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, and Modern classes have the opportunity to perform with their class in the Afternoon of Dance, CDC’s “not your typical recital” school shows. Students share skills they have developed and their creativity with family and friends at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, usually in mid-March.

View more information about the Afternoon of Dance on our Performances page.

What if I miss a class? Can it be made up?

You may make up missed classes in any comparable class during the current session. If your child will miss a Zoom class, please contact Terry at terry@creativedance.org to learn about virtual class make-up options and arrange for a Zoom invite to a make-up class. 

Please note: Covid Protocols may prohibit normal operations including make up classes. Please refer to the Detailed Covid Guidelines when they become available for protocols during the pandemic. Thank you!

Make-up classes cannot be carried over to the next session.

For in studio classes, do not come to class if you or your child is sick. Make up your missed class after health has returned.

What if I need a refund due to a class withdrawal?
If class is not working out for you or your child, you may withdraw from class and request a refund before the 3rd week of the session. We will refund the remainder of the session and charge a $10 processing fee. Refunds are not offered after the 3rd week of the session.
How do I know if class is canceled or the studio is closed?
For the most updated information, you may always check the Home Page or our Announcements page.

Zoom Classes: if class is canceled for some reason, you will be notified by email. The studio will remain closed until further notice, and all classes will continue online. We will continue to update our students and community as COVID-19 phasing, safety, and protocol information is updated.

Emergency closures for in-studio classes: Though CDC often closes when Seattle School District has snow closures, please check the home page of our website for up to the date info and individual class information. Classes canceled due to snow closures may be made up in another comparable class during the current session.

Where can I find more resources for my child?
Visit our Resources for free articles on Brain-Compatible Dance Education and the BrainDance, along with books and DVDs written and produced by Anne Green Gilbert for purchase.

We also have music by Eric Chappelle that beautifully supports BCDE and BrainDance. 

Plus! We’ve curated a list of our favorite things from arts organizations to book authors, as well as links to shop for dance supplies.

Photo Credits

Modern III: Pam Lauritzen
Master Classes/HHS Workshop: We Merry Go Round
All other: Bronwen Houck Photography