Classes & Workshops

Virtual Fall 2020 Session Dates – All Classes Taught Online
Session I Sept 14 – Oct 31. Registration is closed. Contact bronwen@creativedance.org about drop-in classes.
Session II Nov 2 – Dec 19 (no class Nov 23 – 29).  Registration is now open.

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 (Online)

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.

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Family Dance (Online)

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 (Online)

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 (Online)

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.

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Dance & Art (Spring 2021)

Coming Spring 2021! Celebrate the artist in your child! Includes movement explorations through improvisation, dance skills, story time, visual art projects, and dance-making. Students’ creativity is sparked through hands-on art activities.

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Children & Teens

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

Creative Dance (Online)

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 (Online)

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 (Online)

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 (Online)

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.

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Modern III (Online)

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.

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Modern IV (Online)

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.

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Intermediate/Advanced Modern (Online)

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. 

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Pre-Ballet (Online)

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 graders.

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Ballet I (Online)

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 (Online)

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 (Online)

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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Hip Hop (Online)

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. 

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Inclusive Hip Hop for Tweens/Teens (Online)

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. 

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Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (Online)

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.

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Adaptive Dance (Online)

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.

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Adults

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

Creative Modern for Adults (Online)

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.

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Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (Online)

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.

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Intermediate/ Advanced Modern (Online)

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.  

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Keep Dancing! Modern for 40+ (Online)

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 (Online)

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

Musical Theatre Camp

Let’s see how far we can go in Musical Theatre camp! We’ll sing, dance, act, play theatre games, and might even design sets and costumes. We’ll have a blast in a musical world of our own creation. Discover the joy, energy, laughter, and skills the magic of theatre brings! We will present our mini-musical at the end of the week for family and friends.

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Art in Motion Camp

Explore dance and art through the works of diverse visual artists. Experience powerful connections between visual art and dance concepts. Kandinsky (concentric circles), Pollock (splatter paint), O'Keefe (flower paintings) and Klee (shape collages) will inspire our creations! Dress for mess! Camp concludes with an inspiring art walk and movement presentation for family and friends.

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Dance + Comic Art Camp

ZOOM! WOW! ZAP! Explore motion with a dance artist and cartoonist! Glide, soar, and fly through time and space as we collectively explore storytelling, dancing, drawing, and sharing our comic ideas as a community. We'll read about diverse & inclusive superheroes and create characters of our own. Discover how our emotions and actions can come alive through dance and on the comic book page!

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Ballet Stories Camp

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. Informal presentation at the end of the week for family and friends.

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Dance & Art Camp

Explore engaging concepts through visual arts, music, stories, and dance. This fun-filled camp connects hands-on art activities with the dance concept explored during a creative dance class and the stories we read. Dancers and artists share their creativity with family and friends in an informal presentation on the last day of camp.  

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Hip Hop Camp

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! Informal presentation at the end of the week for family and friends.

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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.

Scroll down for more information on our upcoming Fall Dance Institute for Teachers (Online). Join our e-Newletter to get updates on future workshop dates and offerings.

Fall Dance Institute for Teachers

Online Course – FULL!

Join Anne Green Gilbert, Terry Goetz, Dionne Kamara, and Anna Mansbridge for FDIT (Fall Dance Institute for Teachers)! Immerse yourself in this six workshop course on Brain-Compatible Dance Education and 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, this course will provide teachers with tools to create meaningful, engaging, and developmentally appropriate dance curricula for all ages and abilities, in person and online.

The Fall Dance Institute for Teachers is a six workshop course:

 

  • Brain-Compatible Dance Education Foundations (Nov 1)
  • BCDE: Ballet, Modern, West African (Nov 8)
  • BCDE in Schools (Nov 15)
  • BrainDance Foundations (Nov 22)
  • BrainDance Variations (Nov 29) 
  • BCDE in Early Childhood (Dec 6)

“Simply amazing. Inspiring. Life changing. I was surrounded by a group of like-minded educators and it was a breath of fresh air. The teaching done by the faculty was beautiful. I felt like I had connected with everyone, other classmates, and the wonderful teachers. It was an amazing highlight in an often dark time. I am eternally grateful.”

“I truly can’t say enough about this workshop series. It has given me a brand new teaching modality that will forever change my teaching. That the instructors were able to do as much as they did, clearly and concisely, with collaboration on Zoom is absolutely amazing!”

 

BrainDance Workshops

 

The BrainDance is based on fundamental movement patterns infants move through in the first year of life and continue refining through childhood. The Creative Dance Center offers a number of workshops on how to utilize this wonderful tool across ages and genres. Past offerings include:

 

  • BrainDance Foundations
  • BrainDance Variations
  • BrainDance for ages Birth to 5  

 

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Summer Dance Institute for Teachers

Sensing ~ Connecting ~ Moving ~ 2021

Join our renowned SDIT faculty as they share the philosophy of brain-compatible teaching and the power of the BrainDance. Through movement and discussion, participants experience sample lessons based on Anne Green Gilbert’s patently successful five-part conceptual lesson plan and the brain-compatible principles on which it is based. Discover how incorporating these principles into your teaching and workplace can positively affect class management, behavior, learning, and focus. A wide variety of afternoon workshops will extend participants’ knowledge and experience. 

Celebrating over 25 years of SDIT, the Institute is designed for educators, dance teachers, arts specialists, and therapists who wish to understand the vital link between movement and cognition. Participants leave renewed and ready to incorporate movement into the lives of their students.

Field Trips

Learn With Movement

Experience the magic of an award-winning Creative Dance Center class with your preschool, homeschool group, troop, club, or other group. Children explore dance concepts such as Pathways, Relationships, Size, and Weight. Class includes the BrainDance warm-up, fun movement explorations utilizing a wide variety of props, and an obstacle course. We offer a balance of student-centered and teacher-directed activities, to explore, develop skills, and build tools for creative self-expression. Field trips are booked based on studio space and teacher availability.

Details

  • Field trips are one hour. $135 for up to 16 children; $160 for 17-25 children
  • 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, full payment is retained by CDC.

Have more questions?

Contact Terry at terry@creativedance.org or call 206-363-7281 for studio and teacher availability.

Parties

Celebrate Through Dance

Celebrate a birthday in a unique way with one of the Creative Dance Center’s talented and creative teachers! Enjoy a dance class that celebrates self-expression, creativity, learning, and fun.

Warm up with the BrainDance, dance to great music, play with props and instruments, and experience an epic obstacle course.

After a 45-55 minute class exploring dance concepts such as Level, Speed, Energy, and Shapes, a room is available for refreshments provided by the host family. Birthday parties are booked based on studio space and teacher availability.

Details

  • Birthday party fee is $245.00 for up to 15 guests. This limit applies to children, there is not a limit on the number of adults attending.
  • Length of party time is one and a half hours.
  • 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 or call 206-363-7281 for studio and teacher availability.

Master Classes

Check back soon!

No upcoming master classes. Past guest teachers have included Sam Picart (Hip Hop), Valerie Green (Limon technique), and Jay Tan (Hip Hop and Urban Dance).

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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 Session for all classes from Monday, September 14, 2020 through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Session II: Six-Week Session for all classes from Monday, November 2, 2020 through Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Creative Dance Center Holidays: no classes November 23 – 29, 2020 and December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021.

Winter/Spring 2021

To be determined based on COVID-19 phasing and Safe Start directives from our State Government.

 

How is Covid-19 affecting classes?

For the health and safety of our students, faculty, and community, our studio classes are currently being held online over Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. We miss you all! We are so happy to provide opportunities for connection and joyful dance in the virtual space. Our skilled teachers have been instructing online since March and the feedback for our virtual classes has been fabulous!

Our studio location at Haller Lake Community Club remains closed until further notice while classes continue online. We will update our students and community as COVID-19 phasing, safety, and protocol information becomes available. For the most up-to-date information please check the Homepage and Announcements sections of this website. Any additional questions about 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!

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!

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!

 

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 2nd 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 2nd 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.

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. 

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: We Merry Go Round 
All other: Bronwen Houck Photography

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