Adult Program & Classes

Our Adult program offers classes that are a respite and rejuvenation for the body, mind, and creative spirit. The Adult program offers:

  • classes that encourage and emphasize kinesthetic awareness, body-mind integration, stress reduction, flexibility, core support, and fun
  • classes for novice and less experienced dancers as well as the experienced adult dancer who wants to be challenged
  • more complex explorations of the dance concepts as they apply to dance technique and all areas of life
  • a safe and welcoming environment

We always have the ability to remodel our brains. To change the wiring in one skill you must engage in some activity that is unfamiliar, novel to you but related to that skill, because simply repeating the same activity only maintains already established connections.
~John J. Ratey, M.D.

 

Class Card

Age adult

An 8 class card may be purchased and used for any adult class during the current session. Unused classes do not carry over to the next session. When purchasing card online, please use Comment box to note the primary class you will be attending. Adult classes are available as a drop-in for $15 per class.

 

Spring Session 2014: Class Card

 

Adult Class Card     Register
  • 8 Class Card for use during 10 week Spring Session: March 24-June9
  • Vacation Dates: no classes April 14-20; Monday, May 26
  • Cost: $120

Exercise and Dance

Age adult

Experience improved alignment, body integration, and range of motion as you work from the inner core. Exercises build strength that comes from within. Dance allows the body full and creative expression through space. Realize the joy of working with your body in a supportive environment as you improve functional and expressive movement.

Clothing
Dance or exercise clothes, bare feet, athletic or dance sneakers are fine if you have an injury.

 

Spring Session 2014: Exercise & Dance Class Schedule

Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00 Gail Heilbron Upper Studio Register
  • 10 Week Spring Session: March 24-June 9, 2014
  • Vacation Dates: no classes April 14-20
  • Cost: $145

Intermediate/Advanced Modern

Age adult

Appropriate for both intermediate and advanced dancers with a strong understanding of movement, dance concepts, and alignment principles. This class will begin with a somatic practice on the floor focusing in patterns of total body connectivity to engage the core, awaken, and ground the body. Class will focus on Laban and movement-based concepts as well as floor work, release, fluidity, and momentum. We will explore upper body strength and technique to facilitate ease of movement when upside down. Emphasis will be placed on discovering individual artistic expression through dynamic movement combinations as well as creative process explorations.

Clothing
Dance or exercise clothes, bare feet, athletic or dance sneakers are fine if you have an injury.

Spring Session 2014: Intermediate/Advanced Modern Class Schedule

Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 Angelica DeLashmette Upper Studio On Hiatus
  • 10 Week Spring Session: March 24-June 9, 2014
  • Vacation Dates: no classes April 14-20
  • Cost: $145

Keeping on Dancing: Modern for 40+

Age adult

Includes BrainDance, floor & center work, technique, movement combinations, folk dances, improvisation, and choreography. Fun and Fitness for your fourth decade & beyond! Adults under 40 are welcome! Live accompaniment.

Clothing
Dance or exercise clothes, bare feet, athletic or dance sneakers are fine if you have an injury.

Spring Session 2014: Keeping on Dancing Class Schedule

Wednesday 6:45 – 8:15 Anne Green Gilbert Upper Studio Register
  • 10 Week Spring Session: March 24-June 9, 2014
  • Vacation Dates: no classes April 14-20
  • Cost: $145

Creative Dance Center
Educator/Community Workshops 2013-2014

Calling all educators, dance teachers, teaching artists, early childhood specialists, OTs, PTs, and parents. Join us at the Creative Dance Center as we learn, laugh, discover, and dance. 5% discount given for multiple participant registrations or when one participant registers for more than one workshop. Workshops are held at the Creative Dance Center in our beautiful, open, ADA accessible studio space.

Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. Movement is vital to all the actions by which we embody and express our learning, our understanding and ourselves.
~Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.

 

Exploring Sensory Processing in Childhood
September 29, 2013 1:00-4:00pm
Carey Goldenberg

Every one of us is a sensory being. We explore through our seven senses and make sense of the world around us. We use these experiences for learning and for developing more adaptive and refined skills as we move through typical development. Come learn about the seven senses: touch, hearing, vision, taste, smell, proprioception, and vestibular. We will explore how to encourage the development of these systems and how to support children who may be experiencing sensory processing difficulties. Learn about sensory processing disorders and effective communication tools to use with families. This workshop is appropriate for educators, PTs, OTs, dance educators, parents/caregivers, and anyone who works with children.

Carey Goldenberg has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over a decade. She opened Giant Steps Children’s Therapy in August 2005 and co-created Seattle Therapy Network in May 2009 to extend the services she could offer families. Carey received her degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire and holds an advanced post-professional master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound. She trained and mentored under skilled clinicians at Yale New Haven Hospital, Georgetown Child Development Center, Cambridge Hospital, and Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services where she began her study of sensory integration. She holds a certificate in high-risk infant assessment from the University of Washington. Ms. Goldenberg has dedicated herself to empowering families and unlocking abilities in children. In the Republic of Georgia she produced research on the impact of disability, educated occupational therapists in sensory integration, and provided outreach/consultation to rural areas. She is involved in her profession locally, nationally and internationally. She has been adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound and is dedicated to training future leaders in the field of occupational therapy. She has advanced trainings in a variety of modalities including sensory integration, The Alert Program, DIR/Floortime, Integrated Listening, Constraint-Induced Therapy, Brain Gym, Handwriting without Tears, and Social Thinking.

Sunday, Sept. 29 1:00 -4:00 Carey Goldenberg Upper Studio Complete

Bill Evans Seattle Dance Teacher's Workshop
SATURDAY, October 19, 2013 1:00-5:00pm
Bill Evans
REGISTRATION SPACE IS LIMITED. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU REGISTER IN ADVANCE. WE WILL BE CLOSING THIS WORKSHOP WHEN 40 PARTICIPANTS HAVE REGISTERED. IF YOU COME TO REGISTER THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP THERE IS A CHANCE YOU MAY NOT GET IN IF WE ARE FULL!

$80 if paid by October 1. $100 at the door. Registration opens at 12:30 on Oct. 19.

1:00 – 2:30: Somatics Lab
Evans' approach to Bartenieff Fundamentals as preparation for dance technique.

2:45 – 4:30: Intermediate Laban-Based Dance Technique
Evans' Pedagogical Method with live accompaniment.

4:30 – 5:00: Question and Answer
Participants are invited to videotape all three sessions.

To register in advance, send a check for $80 to:
Evans Dance Workshop
3920 Lake Road North
Brockport, NY 14420
 
Include full name and email address.
Questions:  billevansdance@hotmail.com


BrainDance Foundations
November 17, 2013 1:00-5:00pm
Terry Goetz

This workshop will dive into and explore the foundations of the BrainDance. Everything you wanted to know about the BrainDance but were afraid to ask will be covered! Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a full body-brain warm-up for children and adults. This 4-hour workshop will provide a foundational understanding of the eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. We will delve into the somatic and cognitive benefits of isolating and focusing on these patterns of breath, tactile, core-distal, head-tail, upper-lower, body-side, cross lateral, and vestibular movements. Done in an orderly progression, the BrainDance helps us awaken the parts of our visceral and muscular system that support our body structure and help us cope with the world in an embodied way. The benefits of the BrainDance are many: reorganization of the neurological system; increased blood and oxygen flow to the respiratory system and brain; enhanced core support, connectivity, and alignment; and deeper understanding of the elements of dance technique. The BrainDance may be used as a warm-up for dance class or physical activity; before tests, performances, and presentations; after sitting for long periods of time; as a break during computer work; and to increase energy and reduce stress. This workshop will cover BrainDances appropriate for all ages that can be done in a variety of settings. Whether the BrainDance is something you are already familiar with or is brand new to you, you will leave with a deeper embodied cognitive understanding of the BrainDance.

Terry Goetz is the School 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. Terry has taught in preschools, elementary classrooms, and dance studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1995. Prior to performing with PNB, she was a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater from 1986-1988. She presents to PEPS groups, Early Childhood specialists, and at Early Childhood conferences focusing on the importance of movement in the early years of life. 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 has taught for the International Dance and the Child Finnish Chapter, Kuopio International Dance Festival, Edmonton Orff Schulwerk Association, Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association, 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 the Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington.

Sunday, Nov 17 1:00 – 5:00 Terry Goetz Upper Studio Complete

BrainDance Variations for All Ages
January 19, 2014 1:00-4:00pm
Anne Green Gilbert

For participants familiar with the BrainDance, this will be a chance to spice up and enliven your BrainDance repertoire! New and fun BrainDances will be shared. Learn BrainDances that disguise themselves as fast and easy folk dances. Find ways to use props in meaningful ways. Learn how to integrate technique and different dance styles into the BrainDance patterns. Gain confidence in layering dance concepts into the BrainDance, opening up a world of endless possibilities and variations. Critical-thinking, problem solving, and social-emotional interaction will be in high gear as you discover how fun BrainDance “stations” can be. Prior experience with the BrainDance is beneficial, as we will not delve into the background and origin of the BrainDance in great detail. If you do not have experience with and understanding of the BrainDance we recommend you attend the BrainDance Foundations workshop on November 18, 2012 before attending this workshop. Since developing the BrainDance in 2000, Anne Green Gilbert has been expanding on the versatility and variety of this unique movement tool. Join Anne as she shares novel and engaging ways to keep the BrainDance fresh and fun!

Anne Green Gilbert started her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Chicago where she first used movement to teach the academic curriculum. In 1981, Anne founded the Creative Dance Center, a school specializing in dance education for infants through adults and Kaleidoscope, a modern dance company of young people. Anne is the author of Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement (1977), Creative Dance for All Ages (1992), and Brain-Compatible Dance Education (2006). She has produced two DVD’s, Teaching Creative Dance (2002) and BrainDance (2003). As a member of the Arts Education Standards project, she helped write the Washington State Dance Standards and Learning Goals. Anne has received a number of awards for her teaching and service to dance education including the prestigious American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award (1999) and the NDA Dance Scholar/Artist Award (2005). In October 2011 the National Dance Education Organization presented Anne with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Anne directs the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, now in its 19th year at the Creative Dance Center, and is in demand throughout the world for her fun, engaging, and transforming workshops.

Sunday, Jan. 19 1:00 – 4:00 Anne Green Gilbert Upper Studio Complete

Understanding, Experiencing, and Influencing our Baby’s Development from Birth to Walking
March 2, 2014 1:00-4:00pm
Janelle Campoverde

When we teach, support, and attend to our children with internal understanding and experience we are most effective. In this workshop you will deepen your skills in identifying the developmental sequence from birth to walking by experiencing and embodying it yourself. Through Child’Space’s Developmental Movement Explorations you will be gently guided through the milestone patterns and the transitions connecting them. You will inhabit this kinesthetic knowledge and refer it at any time because your nervous system has integrated it into your personal movement repertoire. You’ll feel transformative benefits in your movement as well as gain insight into the developmental experience. You will also learn hands-on techniques to support development in babies during this critical window of learning, when all their systems are developing simultaneously: motor, emotional, balance, sensory, speech, and social. Your touch and pace will become more refined and receptive as you learn ways to influence more possibility at the beginning of life. This workshop is for parents and caregivers of infants.

Janelle Campoverde is a certified Child’Space parent educator, helping families to support their babies’ development through touch, particularly during the critical period from birth to independent walking. Janelle is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® with over 30 years of experience in somatic education and the movement arts, teaching the Feldenkrais Method for over 20 years in private practice and weekly classes. She developed courses in Somatic Education for Antioch University and taught master classes at universities including the University of Washington, Southern Methodist and Bastyr Universities and Whitman College. She is an adjunct professor at Evergreen State College since 2001. She currently serves as assistant trainer for NYC Child’Space Professional Training: the Chava Shelhav Method. She has traveled and studied extensively Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance and has created communities throughout the northwest sharing her joy of Brazilian dance and rhythm. She uses play to promote learning.

Sunday, Mar. 2 1:00 – 4:00 Janelle Campoverde Upper Studio Complete