Educator/Community Workshops

Calling all educators, dance teachers, teaching artists, early childhood specialists, OTs, PTs, and parents. Join us at the Creative Dance Center as we learn, laugh, discover, and dance. 5% discount given for multiple participant registrations or when one participant registers for more than one workshop. To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date. Workshops are held at the Creative Dance Center in our beautiful, open, ADA accessible studio space.

Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. Movement is vital to all the actions by which we embody and express our learning, our understanding and ourselves.
~Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.

Title list of workshops is followed by workshop descriptions and presenter biographies.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:00-4:00pm
FREE!
Open to any young womxn (female identified youth) grades 5-12
 
 
Workshop COMPLETE
 
 
 
 
Fathers, Sons, & Other GuysFathers & Sons Photo
Friday, October 20, 2017
7:00-8:30pm
Vincent Thomas
FREE!
Presented to the community by the Creative Dance Center and the Jesse Jaramillo Scholarship Fund.
 
For men, teens, and boys, ages 6 through adult of all backgrounds and abilities (no prior movement or dance skills required). Fathers (and/or male guardians) may come with one or more sons (or even alone), as well as individual guys interested in exploring this topic.
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

 

When completing the registration form please fill the 
credit card information with a series of the numeral 4 so 
the form will process.

 

 

Functional Anatomy for Movers
October 29, 2017
2:00-5:00pm
Carrie Goodnight
Price: $40 or $25 for starving artists and students
For dancers, dance educators, and anyone interested in anatomy & movement
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

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BrainDance Foundations
November 19, 2017
1:00-5:00pm
Price: $90
Anne Green Gilbert
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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BrainDance Variations
Janurary 14, 2018
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Anna Mansbridge
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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BrainDance: Birth to 5-years
February 4, 2018
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Terry Goetz
 

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Brain-Based Dance for Ages 3-6
March 4, 2018
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Anna Mansbridge
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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Creative Dance Center 2017-2018
Educator/Community Workshop
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Descriptions and Bios

Mighty Chix
Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:00-4:00pm
Maya Soto + Nico Tower
FREE!
Open to any young womxn (female identified youth) grades 5-12

Mighty Chix

Do you love to dance?
Learn how to move with confidence and take up space.
Explore and create in a fun, safe and girl centered space.

Mighty Chix is a body positive dance workshop exploring self-image, relationships, assertiveness, empowerment, and solidarity among girls and womxn. Through movement, theater games, writing and discussion, Mighty Chix empowers girls and young womxn to move assertively, find confidence, uplift others and create together as a community.

In this workshop dancers will:

  • Practice assertiveness and build self-confidence in a safe girl centered space
  • Collaborate with other young artists to improvise and create choreography
  • Move big, move fast, move brave under the mentorship of professional dancers

Led by the diverse cast of Beautiful Carcass, Mighty Chix is FREE and open to any young womxn (female identified youth) grades 5-12. Open to all dancers – regardless of level, style or training. Workshop is limited to 30 participants, REGISTER NOW!

About the Creators/Facilitators

BC_Press-124MayaNicoFor more than a decade, creative team – Maya Soto (choreographer) + Nico Tower (musician/multidisciplinary artist) have cultivated successful careers in dance and music. Soto is a celebrated performer/choreographer, teaching artist and award winning arts educator. Tower is a seasoned music educator, visual designer, arts outreach advocate and touring composer/performer. Since 2014, the duo have staged four works, three installations, and delivered more than 150 classes to the Seattle dance community. Their most recent evening length work, Inner Galactic, was created through Artistic Residencies at Velocity Dance Center in partnership with 10degrees and eXit SPACE. This interactive multimedia performance was featured in CityArts Magazine and on the cover of The Stranger's fall arts guide.

Truly a Pacific Northwest artist, Maya Soto is originally from the Portland area and has been calling Seattle home since 1999. Passionate about arts education, Maya is on faculty at Velocity Dance Center and the Northwest School. She is also works with Seattle Theater Group and the Museum of Pop Culture as a teaching artist. Whether teaching in a studio or school, workshop or master class, Maya brings an upbeat, energetic teaching style that embraces all people. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue College, Strictly Seattle Summer Intensive, The International Ballet School, Exit Space and Seattle International Dance Festival’s – The Threshold Institute. From 2006-2013 she created and directed the dance program at Highline School District’s Arts and Academics Academy. While working for the Highline School District, she served on the Superintendent's Council for the Arts, OSPI's GLE Arts Team and the Arts School Design/Leadership Committee. After earning a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Maya went on to pursue a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. She is a recipient of the Velocity Dance Champion Award (2014) for significant contribution to Seattle dance. Her vast body of work includes concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and for film. Athleticism, embodied movement and rhythmic dynamics are pillars of her work. She brings together classical dance training and a sense of play and entertainment. She has created and produced 7 evening length shows over the last 13 years. Her choreography has been featured in every major dance festival in the Northwest including OTB/Northwest New Works Festival (SEA), BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), Pacific Dance Makers (PDX), Seattle International Dance Festival (SEA) and Conduit's Dance+ Festival (PDX). Over the years, she has worked with many notable artists/companies including Amy O’Neal, KT Neihoff, Sandstrommovement, and LeGendre Performance Group. From 2003-2012, she co-directed collaborative dance company, Northwest Dance Syndrome. Currently she is a member of Catapult Dance Company and a successful independent artist. More at mayasotodance.com

Nico Tower is an intermedia artist. Over the past fifteen years, she has released ten albums, and presented her original works in more than 40 cities. Educated in multimedia design, she has worked extensively in graphics, photography and video. Most recently, she has worked in dance and installation. She is a former collegiate soccer player and youth soccer coach, as well as a student of Chinese martial arts. Currently, she works as a composer, accompanist, performer, designer, and educator. She teaches various instruments both privately and through youth programs in addition to instructing music at Seattle Waldorf High School. As a designer, she provides photography, web and instructional design for non-profits and independent business. She collaborates and performs with several of Seattle's contemporary dance entities, and has scored works featured in various prominent Northwest festivals and venues.  Other recent collaborations include works with choreographers Michele Miller//Catapult Dance (SEA), Maya Soto (SEA), Martin Piliponski (ARG), Viko Hernandez (MEX), and Elia Mrak (SEA), Shannon Stewart (SEA), Victoria Jacobs (SEA), Anna Conner (SEA), Theresa Elliot (SEA), and Alana O. Rogers (SEA). In an intersection between her interests in music, education, and movement, she works in Seattle's Dance community as a class accompanist. She plays for programs including Dance for Parkinson's, Path with Art, and the Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department. She has accompanied instructors such as Michele Miller, Maya Soto, Corrie Befort, Mary Margaret Moore, Shannon Stewart, Wade Madsen, Deb Wolfe, Alice Gosti, Matt Drews, Etienne Capko, Dora Oliveras, and Shawn Roberts. More at nicotowerstudios.com


Fathers, Sons & Other GuysVincent Thomas Headshot
October 20, 2017
7:00-8:30pm
Vincent Thomas
FREE! Presented to the community by the Creative Dance Center and the Jesse Jaramillo Scholarship Fund.
For men, teens, and boys, ages 6 through Adult, of all backgrounds (no prior movement or dance skills required). Fathers (and/or male guardians) may come with one or more sons (or even alone), as well as individual guys interested in exploring this topic.

 

When completing the registration form please fill the 
credit card information with a series of the numeral 4 so 
the form will process.

 

This is a fun and rich bonding experience for men, teens, and boys to explore their values and negotiate consciousness around masculinity. In this physically engaging workshop, fathers and sons, extended family, and individuals will explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of Masculinity. Using movement games and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views of masculinity. This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to spend time together with other men and boys. 

Vincent Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist, an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University, Maryland.


Functional Anatomy for Movers
October 29, 2017
2:00-5:00pm
Carrie Goodnight
Price: $40 or $25 for starving artists and students
For dancers, dance educators, and anyone interested in anatomy & movement
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

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This workshop will use imagery and touch to explore musculoskeletal anatomy and basic kinesiological concepts.  With an emphasis on self-evaluation and wellness, we will discuss muscle function, joint morphology, and common injuries.  This knowledge will empower dancers and dance educators to feel more confident about self-care and more fluent in the language of anatomy.  

Carrie Goodnight is a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer, educator, and movement practitioner who brings a deep appreciation for kinesthetic awareness to her work in the healing arts. Carrie holds a bachelors degree from Carleton College, where she danced with Minneapolis choreographers as part of Semaphore Repertory Company. In New York, Carrie danced with Sapphire Moon and presented work in the White Room Series. She earned her MFA in dance at the University of Oregon in 2008, enjoying several years with the repertory company. Carrie was a founding member of the BareFoot Collective in Tacoma, WA and her resume includes extensive work in theatrical lighting and musical composition. In addition to her work as a Pilates instructor and somatic educator, Carrie is currently on faculty at Spectrum Dance Theater and Spotlight Dance Center. She frequently presents creative work with TRANSForm Dance Collective, but her latest productions have been a couple of amazing boys, who inspire and challenge their Mama to use humor and life lessons in her choreography.


BrainDance Foundations
November 19, 2017
1:00-5:00pm
Price: $90
Anne Green Gilbert
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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This workshop will dive into and explore the foundations of the BrainDance. Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a full body-brain warm-up for children and adults. This 4-hour workshop will provide a foundational understanding of the eight developmental movement patterns and primary reflexes that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life and continue refining and integrating through early childhood. We will delve into the somatic and cognitive benefits of isolating and focusing on these patterns of breath, tactile, core-distal, head-tail, upper-lower, body-side, cross lateral, and vestibular movements. Done in an orderly progression, the BrainDance helps us awaken the parts of our visceral and muscular system that support our body structure and help us cope with the world in an embodied way. The benefits of the BrainDance are many: reorganization of the neurological system; increased blood and oxygen flow to the respiratory system and brain; enhanced core support, connectivity, and alignment; and deeper understanding of the elements of dance technique. The BrainDance may be used as a warm-up for dance class or physical activity; before tests, performances, and presentations; after sitting for long periods of time; as a break during computer work; and to increase energy and reduce stress. This workshop will cover BrainDances appropriate for ALL ages that can be done in a variety of settings. Whether the BrainDance is something you are already familiar with or is brand new to you, you will leave with a deeper embodied cognitive understanding of the BrainDance.

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.


BrainDance Variations
January 14, 2018
1:00-4:00
Anna Mansbridge
Price: $70
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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For participants familiar with the BrainDance, this will be a chance to spice up and enliven your BrainDance repertoire! New and fun BrainDances will be shared. Learn BrainDances that disguise themselves as fast and easy folk dances. Find ways to use props in meaningful ways. Learn how to integrate technique and different dance styles into the BrainDance patterns. Gain confidence in layering dance concepts into the BrainDance, opening up a world of endless possibilities and variations. Critical-thinking, problem solving, and social-emotional interaction will be in high gear as you discover how fun BrainDance “stations” can be. Prior experience with the BrainDance is beneficial, as we will not delve into the background and origin of the BrainDance in great detail. Since developing the BrainDance in 2000, Anne Green Gilbert and Creative Dance Center faculty have been expanding on the versatility and variety of this unique movement tool. Learn novel and engaging ways to keep the BrainDance fresh and fun!

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 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. In July of 2014 she took over the Directorship upon Anne’s retirement. 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), and La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (1625), and Wayward Sisters, an evening of dance and song from seventeenth century Italy. In addition, Anna has directed a DVD titled Baroque Basics: An Introduction to the Dance and the Music of the Baroque Period. Anna is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and she is on the board of daCi USA (dance and the Child international). She organized the very successful 5th National Gathering at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 2014.

Anne Green Gilbert's new BrainDance DVD with over 25 variations will be available for purchase at the workshop.


BrainDance: Birth to 5-years
February 4, 2018
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Terry Goetz
 

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Come learn about the important connections that movement, touch, and bonding have on the developing brains of infants and young children from birth to age five. The foundation for learning and school readiness is laid during these early years. Find out why floor-time is crucial in the first year of life and why providing a rich, multi-sensory world for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to explore supports optimal brain development. It is an empowering and joyful experience for caregivers, teachers, and parents to be actively engaged in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development that happens during the first five years of life. The BrainDance is based on fundamental movement patterns infants move through in the first year of life and continue refining through early childhood. Learn how to create an environment in which infants and young children can move with ease through these patterns, becoming integrated, grounded, self-reliant movers and explorers ready for a lifetime of learning. We will cover BrainDances that can be done at home, in a childcare setting, in the classroom, and in dance studios. This workshop is a must for anyone interested in making sure that young children are given the opportunity to develop their full potential in the early years of life. Daycare providers, early childhood specialists, parents, caregivers, OTs, PTs, and dance teachers are all welcome.

Terry Goetz is Director of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. Terry has been on faculty of CDC since 2000, first training with CDC Founder Anne Green Gilbert in 1997. She danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1988-1995 and was a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater from 1986-1988. During her professional career Terry performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Dendy, and Merce Cunningham as well as performing in full-length classical works. Terry holds workshops nationally and internationally, teaching BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She has presented at NDA and NDEO conferences. Terry has taught for the dance and the Child international (daCi) Finnish Chapter, at the Kuopio International Dance Festival, the Edmonton and Indiana Orff Schulwerk Associations, the East Asia Regional Council of International Schools Conference held in Shanghai (2013) and Manila (2016), the daCi National Gathering, daCi World Congress in Copenhagen (2015) and at universities in the US and Canada. She worked with other Dance Specialists in developing updated K-12 Learning Standards for Dance in WA state. Terry is Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington and a member of the National Dance Education Organization. At the DEAW Fall Conference in 2015 Terry was named Dance Educator of the Year, an award presented to dance educators working in the state of Washington who exemplify excellence in dance education.


Brain-Based Dance for Ages 3-6
March 4, 2018
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Anna Mansbridge
To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date.

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Description coming soon!

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 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. In July of 2014 she took over the Directorship upon Anne’s retirement. 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), and La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (1625), and Wayward Sisters, an evening of dance and song from seventeenth century Italy. In addition, Anna has directed a DVD titled Baroque Basics: An Introduction to the Dance and the Music of the Baroque Period. Anna is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and she is on the board of daCi USA (dance and the Child international). She organized the very successful 5th National Gathering at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 2014.