Online Summer Workshop Series 2021

Join us this summer for transformational learning! Our two online series – the Foundational Course and the Refresher Course – are designed for educators, dance teachers, arts specialists, and therapists who wish to engage with Anne Green Gilbert’s renowned and revolutionary teaching methodology. Brain-Compatible Dance Education joyfully celebrates and nurtures creativity, self-expression, collaboration, and community. Providing access and making dance inclusive for all is at the heart of BCDE.

Whether Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance are new to you or you are experienced and practiced in using Anne Green Gilbert’s holistic teaching methodology, we have a Course for you. BCDE bridges pedagogy and somatics in a clear and accessible way – transform your teaching through embodied learning this summer!

Our online Foundational Course provides an introduction to the dance concepts of Space, Time, Force and Body, Anne’s unique five-part lesson plan, and the somatic depth and richness of the BrainDance. Our online Refresher Course offers an environment of collegial support for returning and experienced participants who want to advance their learning and use of BCDE as a teaching practice.

Foundational Course

Gain confidence in combining the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression. The Foundational Course is a series of workshops to provide participants with the tools needed to create meaningful, engaging, and developmentally appropriate dance curricula for all ages and abilities. This opportunity to study with Anne Green Gilbert is not to be missed!

The Foundational Course offers flexibility in both course content and time commitment. Build the course that’s best for you! All participants take Week 1: Brain Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance Foundations (July 8+10). There are 3 additional weeks to choose from, divided into tracks for specific agesYou may add Week 2: Early Childhood (July 15+17), Week 3: Elementary School (July 22+24), and/or Week 4: Middle/High School/Adult (July 29+31).  If you teach across ages and grades in schools or in dance studios ALL four weeks will be an inspiring and empowering immersion in BCDE!

Required Text: Brain-Compatible Dance Education 2nd edition by Anne Green Gilbert is required for the course and available at

Each week includes two 5.5 hour workshop blocks on Thursday and Saturday from 9:00am – 2:30pm Pacific. EARLY BIRD pricing has been extended through May 30. Register before May 30 for Early Bird pricing: 2 weeks ($400), 3 weeks ($575), or 4 weeks ($725). EARLY BIRD pricing has been extended through May 30. Late registration – after May 30 – is an additional $50.

Limited financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, email for application.

Week 1: BCDE and BrainDance Foundations (required)
Thurs July 8 and Sat July 10: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific on Zoom

Week 2: BCDE for Early Childhood
Thurs July 15 and Sat July 17: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific on Zoom

Week 3: BCDE for Elementary School
Thurs July 22 and Sat July 24: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific on Zoom

Week 4: BCDE for Middle/High School/Adult
Thurs July 29 and Sat July 31: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific on Zoom

Learn more about each week's content by clicking the plus sign at right

All Workshops include theory, movement, sample lessons, reflection, small group discussion, lunch break, and morning and afternoon breaks.

Week 1: Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance Foundations (required)
July 8 and July 10: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific

These workshops provide a clear overview of the key components of BCDE; the 5-part lesson plan, use of brain-based principles and strategies, the dance concepts of Space, Time, Force, and Body, and the BrainDance – a body-brain warm up based on fundamental movement patterns. A foundational understanding of Brain-Compatible Dance Education and the science behind the BrainDance will be offered through theory, reflection, discussion, and movement. With a focus on creativity, collaboration, and developing mind-body connections, Brain-Compatible Dance Education and the BrainDance allow students to learn and grow in an environment of inclusion where personal uniqueness and diversity is celebrated.

Week 2: BCDE for Early Childhood
July 15 and July 17: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific

Movement, touch, and bonding play a critical role during the early years of birth to age five. BCDE joyfully supports young children on their journey to becoming integrated, grounded, self-reliant movers and explorers ready for a lifetime of learning. These workshops provide concrete tools for teaching infant/toddler and caregiver, caregiver and child, and preK- K creative dance classes. Learn how to create a playful, supportive environment for sensory-motor experiences and social-emotional engagement through developmentally appropriate BrainDances and the 5-part lesson plan.

Week 3: BCDE for Elementary School
July 22 and July 24: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific

With a focus on content appropriate for elementary aged students, these workshops will inspire anyone who works or teaches in a school or studio. Brain-Compatible Dance Education enables teachers to present inclusive and enriching dance classes in any setting and in any dance genre. Explore how a balance of teacher directed and student centered learning supports skill development, self-expression, and creativity. Integrating curriculum, class management strategies, sample lesson plans, tools to boost social-emotional learning and literacy, and time for small group discussion is included.

Week 4: BCDE for Middle School, High School, and Adults
July 29-31: 9:00am-2:30pm Pacific

These workshops will focus on using BCDE with middle school students, high school students, and adults of all ages. Discover how BCDE is highly adaptable across these ages and different genres including ballet, West African, and modern. Learn simple ways to create collaborative informances and performances with your students to strengthen technique, choreographic skills, and social-emotional intelligence. Develop tools to guide inquiry-based learning and use BCDE to safely share dance and movement experiences for people of all abilities in any setting – dance studio, community center, assisted living facility, classroom, or home.

To register, choose your course length below – 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 4 weeks. After registering you will receive an email to inquire which specific tracks you are attending (Early Childhood, Elementary School, and/or Middle/High School/Adult).

If you need to withdraw from SWS, we must be notified two weeks before the start of the Course (June 10 for Refresher, June 24 for Foundational) to receive a refund. Cancellations made by these dates are eligible for a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after these dates. Contact for details on canceling your registration.

Refresher Course

We are excited to offer a true Refresher Course for teachers who have participated in past Summer Dance Institutes, Summer Workshop Series, Fall Dance Institute or in-depth trainings with CDC faculty. This course is geared for those currently using BCDE in their teaching practice who wish to deepen and improve their BCDE fluency and skill.

This professional learning opportunity will increase your confidence in developing conceptually based BrainDances and 5-part lesson plans in any dance genre. With a balance of theory and practice, the Refresher Course includes a brain-based technique class in the morning; review of BrainDance patterns through embodied exploration; afternoon conceptually based dance classes or mini-labs; and time each afternoon for work with peers and faculty to develop lesson plans and BrainDances. We look forward to sharing a deep dive into the revolutionary, powerful, and transformative work of Anne Green Gilbert.

Required Text:
Brain-Compatible Dance Education 2nd edition by Anne Green Gilbert is required for the course and available at

The Refresher Course is taught over 3 weeks June 24 to July 10 on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:30pm Pacific. EARLY BIRD pricing has been extended through May 30. Register before May 30 for Early Bird pricing: $575 Course Fee. After May 30 the late registration Course fee is $625.

NDEO Members get Early Bird Pricing in June! Use code SWSDiscountNDEO for the $50 discount.

Limited financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, email for application. 

All workshops are from 9:00am – 2:30pm Pacific on Zoom.
Thurs June 24th + Sat June 26th
Thurs July 1st + Sat July 3rd
Thurs July 8th + Sat July 10th
Attendance is required on all 6 days.

Refresher Course 2021 participants wishing to add additional workshops from the Foundational Course (does not include BCDE and BD Foundations) receive a special discounted rate of $150 per week. Email to sign up and boost your learning experience!

Which course is best for me?

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! 

Our Foundational Course is great for anyone wanting to explore these methods and put them into practice. The conceptual brain-based teaching methods of Brain-Compatible Dance Education and BrainDance can be used in any setting and with all ages – infants, children, teens, adults, and elders.

For the Refresher Course, previous participation in Summer Dance Institute, the Summer Workshop Series, the Fall Dance Institute, or trainings with CDC faculty is required for entry. This Course will deepen your knowledge and expertise in using BCDE and BrainDance.

If you are unsure which Course is best for you, email CDC Director Terry Goetz at for guidance.

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. Guest faculty includes CDC Director Terry Goetz and Kaleidoscope Dance Company Director Anna Mansbridge.

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 faculty below.


Can I attend a single workshop?

We do not offer single workshops during the Summer Workshop Series. Students and teachers benefit from deep learning through practice and repetition. Our participants are amazed how the more they dive into BCDE and BrainDance the better their understanding and implementation of the concepts.

For the Foundational Course, you may opt to take 2 weeks (4 workshops), 3 weeks (6 workshops), or 4 weeks (8 workshops) in the series. All participants are required to attend Week 1 which includes BCDE and BrainDance Foundations. In addition, attendees may choose Week 2 (BCDE for Early Childhood), Week 3 (BCDE for Elementary School), and/or Week 4 (BCDE for Middle/High School/Adults).

For the Refresher Course, participants are required to register for and attend the entire course (6 workshops).


Can I receive certification or clock hours for either Course?

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 are not available for either the Foundational or Refresher Courses.

SWS ~ SDIT 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