Professional Learning

Looking Forward to SDIT 2022

Celebrating over 25 years of SDIT, the Institute is designed for educators, dance teachers, arts specialists, and therapists who wish to deepen their understanding of the vital link between movement, emotions, and learning. Gain confidence in combining the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression. Explore cutting edge dance pedagogy and best practices in the ever-evolving laboratory of SDIT as you immerse yourself in Anne Green Gilbert’s teaching methodology, Brain-Compatible Dance Education and the BrainDance. SDIT joyfully celebrates and nurtures creativity, self expression, collaboration, and community. Strengthen your teaching practice while recharging your batteries through embodied learning. SDIT bridges pedagogy and somatics in a clear and accessible way – participants leave renewed and transformed.


Foundational Course

Foundational Two-Week Course: This course covers Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain-Compatible Dance Education methodology with depth and breadth and is great for anyone wanting to explore these methods and put them into practice. We understand some people may be nervous about committing to a two week course. During the many years of SDIT everyone who has attended the Foundational course has been extremely pleased. Many have wished that SDIT was even longer! Participants have returned for the two-week course after taking the five-day Refresher course. Some participants so appreciate the depth of this course, they return for the Foundational experience again. The two-week SDIT is an opportunity to connect, create, and collaborate and is a lot of fun! The number of participants is limited.

Who is teaching: The two-week course is led by Anne Green Gilbert with Dionne Kamara. Read their full bios below.

Refresher Course

Refresher Five-Day Course: The Refresher Course is for returning participants and those with experience in Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain-Compatible Dance Education teaching methods. The Refresher Course deepens understanding and expertise in BCDE and the BrainDance. It is designed for participants who have attended the two-week course or attended other in depth courses that Anne Green Gilbert, Terry Goetz, Anna Mansbridge, or Dionne Kamara have taught outside of Seattle. The Refresher Course increases confidence in applying the methodology of BCDE and gives participants the opportunity to develop new skills and tools for their teaching toolbox. The number of participants is limited.

Who is teaching: The one-week course is led by CDC Director Terry Goetz and Kaleidoscope Dance Company Director Anna Mansbridge. Full bios are available below. 

Special considerations: If you have not attended the Foundational two-week course but wish to take the Refresher five-day course because of time/work constraints, please email Terry Goetz ( a brief resume or description of your education and teaching experience. Include your reasons for not being able to attend the Foundational two-week course. Your application will be considered.

Is this course for me?

The conceptual brain-based teaching methods of Brain-Compatible Dance Education can be used in any setting and with all ages – infants, children, teens, adults, and elders. BCDE enlivens any dance style/genre and has successfully been used in dance studios, college programs, homes, daycares and preschools, classrooms, community centers, and assisted living facilities all over the world! Past participants include dance educators, classroom teachers (elementary, middle, high school), fine arts educators, music specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dance therapists, parents, college professors, teaching artists, and more! Join us and see why people have used these words to describe SDIT…

Enlightened ~ Life-changing ~ Glorious ~ Cohesive 

Non-judgmental ~ Transformational ~ Impactful ~ Outstanding ~ 

Remarkable ~ Inspiring ~ Comprehensive ~ Empowering 

Click here to read what former participants have to say about their experience at SDIT. Practical, useful, and transformative, this is SDIT! 

Who is teaching?

Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company Founder, renowned dance educator, and author Anne Green Gilbert teaches the Foundational Course with New York City based dance educator Dionne Kamara. Afternoon workshops are often presented during the Foundational two-week course extending participants’ knowledge and experience. Past workshop presenters include Kitty Daniels (Dance Department Chair at Cornish College of the Arts for three decades) and Kerri Lynn Nichols (master Orff-Schulwerk music educator and composer).

The Refresher Course is taught by Creative Dance Center Director Terry Goetz and Kaleidoscope Dance Company Artistic Director Anna Mansbridge. Terry and Anna have worked with Anne Green Gilbert since the late 1990’s. Guest presenters during the Refresher Course include Anne Green Gilbert and Dionne Kamara. 

Read full bios of our amazing SDIT Faculty below.


What will I learn?

Our Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (SDIT) courses are designed to:

  • Increase understanding and application of Brain-Compatible Dance Education teaching methods and BrainDance;
  • Focus on National Dance Standards and State Essential Academic Learning Requirements;
  • Present kinesthetic activities that will increase academic learning and integrate body and mind;
  • Offer management techniques guaranteed to create a collaborative and positive atmosphere;
  • Strengthen modern dance and choreographic skills;
  • Extend dance knowledge and experience through a wide variety of afternoon workshops;
  • Provide opportunities for networking and rejuvenation!
  • Allow participants to take CDC classes at no cost in the evenings and observe Summer Session classes on Saturday

Workshop topics include:

  • Brain-Compatible Dance Education Teaching Methods
  • BrainDance and BrainDance Variations
  • Developmental Movement and Reflexes
  • Lesson Planning
  • Class Management
  • Creative, Modern, West African, Ballet, Creative Folk Dance
  • Core Support and Alignment
  • Accompaniment
  • Improvisation
  • Choreography and Composition 
  • Learning Styles  
  • Inclusion and Special Needs 
  • Integrating Academics
  • Modes of Reflection

Both SDIT Courses allow participants to experience sample lessons based on Anne Green Gilbert’s successful five-part conceptual lesson plan and the brain-compatible principles that underpin it. Discover how incorporating these principles into your teaching, workplace, or home can positively affect learning, focus, collaborative skills, and creativity.


Can I receive certification or clock hours?

While Anne Green Gilbert does not certify people in BCDE or BrainDance, we do offer a Certificate of Participation and Transcript of courses and hours attended upon full completion of the Foundational or Refresher Course.

Continuing Education credits and clock hours may be available for both the Foundational and Refresher courses. Please inquire about clock hour and credits in advance of the course start date to ensure the correct paperwork can be filed. 

Where can I find housing & transportation for my stay?

Each year we will add a PDF link here with a collective list of resources for finding housing (e.g. recommended hotels, convenient neighborhoods for AirBnBs) as well as transportation options.

SDIT ~ SWS Faculty

Anne Green Gilbert

SDIT Director

Anne Green Gilbert (she/her) founded the Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in Seattle, Washington in 1981 and the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 1994. She was the Director of CDC from 1981 – 2014. 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 was an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University for many years and taught for Lesley University’s Outreach Masters Program for ten years. Anne taught infants through adults at Creative Dance Center for 30 years. She continues to teach older adults at CDC. Anne trains teachers through the Summer Dance Institute and CDC Educator workshops. For 40 years she 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 Dance Company.

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 (1st edition 2006, 2nd edition 2019), 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 National Dance Association Scholar/Artist award in 2005, the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award for her work with boys and men in dance in 2014, and the American Dance Festival Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 2016.

Anne is the mother of three amazing Kaleidoscope alums and grandmother of seven dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her talented husband, David.

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Dionne Kamara

SDIT Faculty

Dionne Kamara (she/her), a former member of Urban Bush Women performance company, is currently a resident teaching artist in New York City. Dionne teaches creative dance integrating academic curriculum 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.

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Terry Goetz

SDIT Faculty

Terry Goetz (she/her) is Director of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. Terry has been on faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000 and began training intensively with CDC Founder Anne Green Gilbert in 1997. She teaches Nurturing Baby, Parent/Toddler, and Parent/Child Creative Dance classes and Ballet and Modern Dance for older children and adults. Terry has taught in preschools and elementary classrooms as a teaching artist, and in studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced from 1988-1995. Prior to performing with PNB, she was a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater from 1986-1988. During her career Terry performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, José Limón, Antony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Dendy, Merce Cunningham, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Ohad Naharin, Petipa, and Bournonville, as well as performing full-length classical works. Terry presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, training dance teachers, early childhood specialists, educators, and teaching artists in BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She has presented at the National Dance Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Terry has taught for the International daCi (Dance and the Child) Finnish Chapter, the daCi National Gathering at the University of Washington, the daCi World Congress in Copenhagen and Adelaide, Australia, the Kuopio International Dance Festival, the Edmonton and Indiana Orff Schulwerk Associations, the East Asia Regional Council of International Schools Conferences held in Shanghai (2013) and Manila (2016), Hubbard St., and at universities in the US (The Hartt School, East Carolina University, University of Washington, University of Tampa, Skidmore College, Hofstra University) and Canada (University of Alberta). She worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in WA state as a Dance Specialist developing updated state-wide K-12 Learning Standards for Dance. Terry is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and served as President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington. She co-directs the One-Week Refresher Course for the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers with her colleague Anna Mansbridge. In 2015 Terry was honored as Dance Educator of the Year at the Fall DEAW Conference. This annual award is presented to dance educators working in the state of Washington who exemplify excellence in dance education.

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Anna Mansbridge

SDIT Faculty

Anna Mansbridge (she/her) is Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company and Mosaic Dance Company. She is originally from Australia and the UK, and now resides in Seattle, WA. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, UK, and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, CA. She has been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center since September 1999 teaching all ages. She has created many dances for Kaleidoscope Dance Company and co-directed the company with Anne Green Gilbert for 5 years before taking over the Artistic Directorship upon Anne’s retirement in July 2014. Mosaic Dance Company was first formed by Anne in 2006. After a hiatus Anna reconvened the company in the Fall of 2018 to offer additional performance opportunities to interested CDC students. Anna is also the Founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, a company dedicated to recreating dances from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. She has directed/choreographed a number of early operas and concerts locally with Pacific Musicworks, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington Music Department, and Early Music Seattle. Her choreography for Christoph Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (1774) presented by University of Washington School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks at Meany Theater, was descried in a review in the Seattle Times as “effective and beautiful.” In addition, Anna has directed a DVD titled Baroque Basics: An Introduction to the Dance and the Music of the Baroque Period, and she has taught early dance workshops in the US, Europe and Asia.

Anna has been an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and she is the former Chair for daCi USA (dance and the Child international). She organized the very successful 5th National Gathering at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 2014. Anna co-directs the one-week Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center with Terry Goetz, and she gives workshops in Brain-Based Dance Education locally, nationally and internationally.

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Words of Praise

“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!”

~ Online Summer Workshop Series Participant


Words of Praise

“It was so good to see how the instructors think through their class planning, how they build the lesson step by step connecting each part to the dance concept, and how they use the language of the dance concepts to support student learning and guide inquiry… even in a remote/online class!”

~ Fall Dance Institute for Teachers Participant

Words of Praise

“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. When the last session ended I just sat down and cried. I missed everyone already. I felt like I had connected with everyone, other classmates, and the wonderful teachers. It was an amazing highlight in an often dark time. Thank you! I am eternally grateful.”

~ Online Summer Workshop Series Participant

Words of Praise

“I loved the course, connecting with other teachers, hearing directly from Anne about how she created BrainDance and learning from all of the instructors. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge was greatly appreciated. Thank you for it all.”

~ Fall Dance Institute for Teachers Participant

Words of Praise

“Thank you so much for this opportunity and experience! I deeply appreciated the way each of the instructors modeled the methodology and provided us an opportunity to reflect and apply our learning. I also appreciated the Zoom tips and how Brain-Compatible Dance Education can transfer to a virtual practice. I would definitely sign up for more virtual trainings and look forward to when we can dance together in person.”

~ Online Summer Workshop Series Participant

Words of Praise

“The workshops were really great and the content really useful and easily applicable. I also loved the warm atmosphere that there was throughout the course. Super happy I took the workshop series!”

~ Fall Dance Institute for Teachers Participant

Words of Praise

“The instruction was so strong. I was very glad to see how other teachers were working with their students online. There was a lot of content and it was great to see how to adapt the dance concepts to different age groups.”

~ Fall Dance Institute for Teachers Participant