Founder and Artistic Director

Anne Green Gilbert is Artistic Director of the Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company, which she founded in Seattle, Washington in 1981. The Creative Dance Center is a unique non-profit organization and dance studio offering creative dance, modern, and ballet classes for infants through adults. Kaleidoscope is a modern dance company of children ages 7-16 that performs throughout Washington State and tours internationally. Anne is recognized as one of the leading dance educators throughout the United States and abroad. When not teaching classes at CDC or choreographing for Kaleidoscope, Anne trains teachers through her Summer Dance Institute for Teachers and for Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University as an adjunct professor. Anne has conducted hundreds of workshops for children and adults across the United States and in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Russia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil, and Portugal.

Anne is the author of Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement, Creative Dance for All Ages, Brain-Compatible Dance Education, Teaching Creative Dance (DVD) and BrainDance (DVD), as well as numerous articles. Anne is also an active member of the National Dance Association, National Dance Education Organization, and Dance and the Child International. 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 has received numerous awards including the WAHPERD Honor Award, NDA Outstanding Dance Educator Award (Northwest District), the 1999 AAHPERD Honor Award, and the 2005 NDA Scholar/Artist Award, and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine May 2006. In October 2011 the National Dance Education Organization presented Anne with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anne, the mother of three dancing children, currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two dogs.