About the School
has been teaching at CDC since Fall 2000. She received her BFA from University of Florida/New World School for the Arts with honors in dance & choreography. She has performed, choreographed, and taught young children in Paris, Florida, and the San Juan Islands before moving to Seattle. Ines teaches movement at numerous schools in the Puget Sound region and is a member of Seattle Early Dance company. She performs in various other dance styles and sings French Cabaret.
(dance musician) works with the University of Washington Dance Department and with PNB. He has worked previously with Bochinche's school program, and with Bill Evans. Currently Tom performs with the Seattle based Latin Jazz group, Sonando.
is a well-respected educator and choreographer known for her high energy, laughter, and extremely creative and joyful approach to teaching, allowing all children to reach their highest potential and success! She most recently was the Assistant Choreographer/Director for Seussical, Jr. at Village Theatre Kidstage. Past credits with Village Theatre Kidstage include Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Willy Wonka, Jr. and HONK! Jr.
Sara graduated with a BA from CWU with acting and choreography honors. She has taught art, musical theatre, drama, and dance to students of all ages in university, public schools, and studios since 1994. As a mother of two young girls she has become passionate about the impact of the arts and movement upon young children’s health and learning. She has studied extensively with international movement educator, Anne Green Gilbert, at the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers and been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center since 2000 where she has embraced and followed the philosophy of brain compatible/conceptual education and forged this with her own belief that all children have the right to dance with meaning and joy!
Sara currently teaches dance in Lake Stevens where she is the director of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars, a mobile dance/arts program that brings education to pre-K schools/daycares. She is the lead teacher and co-developer of Arts Adventures preschool program at The Village Theatre/Everett and provides numerous arts/dance workshops and classes throughout the greater Seattle area. She is thankful to spend her summers at CDC…a beautiful ‘home’ that has taken her on quite a journey!
Ellen Cooper was born in Olympia, WA where she began her dance training in ballet, jazz and theatre dance. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. Here, she worked with choreographers such as Patricia Hon, Alia Swersky, Cyrus Khambatta, Rhonda Cinotto, and Wade Madsen. Ellen has also studied with The Mark Morris Dance Group and on scholarship with The Joffrey Ballet School. She joined Khambatta Dance Company in 2012, where she has the opportunity to perform and tour internationally. In addition to performing with KDC, Ellen is always taking on new live performance and dance for film projects in the Seattle area. Ellen has always been passionate about working with youth and teaches creative dance, contemporary, ballet, pointe, jazz and lyrical in the Seattle area. She has been a teaching artist in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education program since 2012. Ellen attended Anne Green Gilberts Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 2013 and has since been loving teaching classes at Creative Dance Center!
Angelica DeLashmette, dancer/choreographer/producer received her formal dance training in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Art in Dance with a Minor and Certification in Nonprofit Management from Brigham Young University (BYU) in April 2013. While at BYU Angelica was a member of Contemporary dance companies DancEnsemble and Kinnect, and had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally. Angelica has received additional training at Bates Dance Festival (2014), Integrated Movement Studies (2014), The American Dance Festival (2013), Jose Limon Summer Intensive (2012), and Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain-Compatible Dance Education Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (2011 and 2012). Angelica currently resides in Seattle, WA where she is pursuing her professional ambitions as an artist to perform and create work. Her work has been seen at the Annex Theatre, Broadway Performance Hall, the daCi USA National Conference at the University of Washington, and Velocity Founders Theater. Angelica’s current ventures are to create engaging, meaningful, and relevant work for audiences and to take further risks as a performer. Angelica is very passionate about her teaching philosophy and believes that a dance education is a full body, spirit, and mind experience, one that involves being engaged in the creative process, performing, seeing, and responding.
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.
Anne is the mother of three amazing Kaleidoscope alums and grandmother of seven dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her talented husband, David.
Jessica Gleason has been dancing and performing since she was a toddler. She graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in Dance (2001). Before starting her teaching career Jessica enjoyed performing modern dance professionally around Western Washington. In 2005 she found a passion for teaching while attending the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center. Jessica joined the faculty of CDC in 2005. In addition to CDC, Jessica also teaches parent/child/baby creative dance classes at the North Kirkland Community Center, as well as preschool dance classes at both Victory Height's Cooperative Preschool and Montessori Garden preschool. She is known for her kind approach and fun energy with the kiddo's in her classes! Jessica is also mom to two fun loving boys! After having her babies Jessica discovered a super fun way to burn off the baby weight and also satisfy her love of dancing with Zumba®!! She is now a licensed Zumba® instructor and teaches for 24 Hour Fitness and is excited to bring Zumba® to the Creative Dance Center!!
is the Director for the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. Terry has been on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000 and began training intensively with 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, elementary classrooms, and 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 professional career Terry performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Jose LImon, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Dendy, Merce Cunningham, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Petipa, and Bournonville, as well as performing in full-length works; Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and A Midsummers Night's Dream. She began her dance training at Beulah's School of Dance in the San Fernando Valley, studying everything from tap, ballet, jazz, character dance, tumbling, to baton twirling! After catching the ballet bug she trained with Natalia Clare of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at her studio, Ballet La Jeunesse, in Toluca Lake, CA. As a teen Terry studied at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet in NY, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Terry has continued her dance training as an adult by attending numerous Summer Dance Institutes for Teachers with Anne Green Gilbert and through studying with Bill Evans at his Teacher Intensives. The combined body of knowledge that Bill Evans and Anne Green Gilbert have shared with her has transformed and deepened her understanding of dance, personally and professionally. She presents to PEPS groups and Early Childhood specialists focusing on the importance of movement in the early years of life. Terry’s workshops at Early Childhood conferences are always enthusiastically received and she was the Keynote Speaker at the 2006 FACES North Conference and the 2007 Childhood Matters Conference. Terry presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, training dance teachers, educators, and teaching artists in BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education and she has presented at the National Dance Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Terry has taught for the International Dance and the Child 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, and at universities in the US and Canada. She worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in WA state as a Dance Specialist developing updated K-12 Learning Standards for Dance. Terry is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and is Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington. 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.
has a MFA in Dance/Theater from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for 40 years including Artistic Director of Co-Motion Dance. She has taught at the Creative Dance Center since its beginning. Gail is also a certified Gryotonic® and Gryokinesis® Trainer.
is a Seattle native and long time student of the Creative Dance Center. She was a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company from 1984-1993, performing in and around Seattle as well as traveling with the company to Japan, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. After dancing her way through high school, Bronwen studied modern dance under Ze'eva Cohen at Princeton University. She earned a Certificate in Theatre and Dance as well as a BA in Art History from Princeton. Bronwen attended the Summer Dance Institute in 2008 and has taught creative dance and BrainDance workshops to high school students. Recently she has had the joy of bringing her own children to the Creative Dance Center for Nurturing Baby and Parent/Child classes. It is thrilling to be a part of the wonderful faculty and curriculum at the CDC.
Kechelle Jackson has been working with young children for 8 years. As a classroom teacher at Hutch Kids Child Care Center she took on additional roles such as Mentor Supervisor, Activity Coordinator, and Summer Program Director. In 2011 she received an Associates Degree from North Seattle Community College in Early Childhood Education. Currently she is working towards her BA In Early Childhood Education & Business Administration. Kechelle attended the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 2012 and 2014, immersing herself in CDC's teaching methodology and studying directly under CDC's Founder, Anne Green Gilbert. Since joining the faculty she has taught Parent-Child and creative dance classes as well as Summer Camps integrating art and dance. Kechelle is also a traveling dance teacher, providing movement classes at a number of schools and centers in the greater Seattle area.
“Working with children and their families is my passion and I truly enjoy the work that I do.”
Martha W Johnson
has been Administrative Director of Creative Dance Center since 1991 during which time she has traveled the world with Kaleidoscope Dance Company and held down the fort at CDC. Feel free to drop by the Office anytime!
Catherine is a Seattle mom, pre-school teacher, yoga teacher, and writer. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in teaching from Boston College, then moved to Seattle in 2005. She has since become a licensed yoga teacher and certified in Radiant Child’s Yoga, has taught K-grade 3 Special Education and preschool, infusing yoga techniques into both. Catherine and her family have been part of The Creative Dance Center community since 2011 when she and her son started the Nurturing Baby classes.
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.
Andrew Rishikof is a professional drummer and educator from Montreal playing and recording since 1990 for artists including Cirque du Soleil and Rufus Wainwright. His performance training includes The Berklee College of Music (Boston), Drummers Collective (New York), and The McGill Conservatory of Music (Montreal). He has studied with drum masters Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kenny Aronoff, and Pete Magadini to name a few. Andrew has worked extensively as a solo accompanist for Modern Dance, drumming for companies including Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, and Dance Alloy Theater in Pittsburgh where he also co-designed and taught music and drumming for outreach programs.
has been dancing and performing since the age of four. She was traditionally trained in Ballet and Graham Technique, and studied at the Graham School in New York City. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance at California State University Long Beach. While at University she continued to study Ballet and Graham Technique but also was exposed to other modern dance styles: Limon, Paul Taylor, and release technique, which further broadened her dance repertoire. While at CSULB she worked with choreographers Sharon Kinney, Francine Landes, Andrea E. Woods, David Dorfman and many graduate and undergraduate choreographers. She also performed at the American College Dance Festivals throughout the United States. After University Rebecca performed and taught in New York City, California and Washington State. She taught in Northern California and performed for Danny Furlong for Redwood Concert Ballet. In New York City she taught for a government funded dance education program, bringing dance and music education for Pre K-Grade 12 to schools in all five boroughs. Rebecca has danced with choreographers Keith Johnson, Three-Way Dance Project, Erin Mitchell, Sue Hogan, R-dance, Jerboa, and Deborah Birrane while in the Seattle area. Rebecca holds a certificate from the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers. Besides dancing Rebecca also has a passion for costume design and for movement function / retraining. She is a certified STOTT PILATES™ instructor and was certified in Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique™ in 2004. Rebecca has traveled the world costuming dancers and singers on cruise ships from the Arctic to the Cape in South America.
migrated from Michigan to Seattle in 2013 after earning a BA in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University. She immersed herself in the dance community while completing Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Internship in development. Currently, Hayley is a faculty member and Development Manager at Spectrum Dance Theater, Dancer and Communications Manager for The Three Yells Performance Company, and a Teaching Artist Apprentice with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Hayley seeks to cultivate community and empower people of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages to celebrate their individuality through dance.