Workshops & Institute
Institute Director Anne Green Gilbert founded Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in 1981. Internationally recognized as one of the leaders in dance education, Anne has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and has taught dance at all levels in universities, public schools, and private studios for the past 40 years. Anne is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the National Dance Association’s 2005 Scholar/Artist award. In October 2011 the National Dance Education Organization presented Anne with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards include the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award in 2014 for her work with boys and men in dance, and the American Dance Festival Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 2016. She is the author of Creative Dance For All Ages, Brain-Compatible Dance Education, Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement, BrainDance (DVD), and Teaching Creative Dance (DVD). Anne is in demand throughout the world for her fun, engaging, and transforming workshops. As an educator, author, and choreographer, Anne promotes quality dance experiences for all ages.
Dionne Kamara, former member of Urban Bush Women performance company, is currently a resident teaching artist in New York City. Dionne teaches creative dance integrating academic curriculm to children in public schools, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas through the art of dance. She has taught creative and traditional West African dance in schools, community centers and cultural institutions in the New York metropolitan area for many years and also teaches creative dance to infants through adults in several NYC studios. Dionne has been an SDIT faculty member since 2003.
Terry Goetz, has been on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000 and took over as CDC Director from Anne Green Gilbert in 2014. She began training intensively with Anne Green Gilbert in 1997 and has also studied with Bill Evans at his Teacher Intensives. Terry has taught dance in preschools and in elementary classrooms as a teaching artist and in dance studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet. She danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre from 1986-1988 and Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1988-1995. Terry presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, training dance teachers, educators, and teaching artists in BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She has presented at the National Dance Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Terry worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in WA state as a Dance Specialist developing updated state-wide K-12 Learning Standards for Dance. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and is the Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington. Terry was named Dance Educator of the Year in Washington State for 2015.
Anna Mansbridge is from the United Kingdom, where she studied dance for many years. 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, California. She has been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center since 1999, where she teaches dance to people of all ages. Anna has created many pieces on Kaleidoscope and upon Anne Green Gilbert's retirement in 2014 became Artistic Director for the company. Anna is also the founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, which specializes in recreating dances of the European courts from the 16th through 18th centuries. In addition, Anna choreographs and directs Early Opera. Her recent direction of Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Cavalieri (1600) received rave reviews and she recently choreographed her first combat scene for a mini-opera at On The Boards. Anna is Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company.