Workshops & Institute
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. To receive clock hours please notify CDC three weeks prior to the workshop date. 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.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.
Creative Dance Center 2016-2017
Descriptions and Bios
Embodied Awakening: Moving to our Highest Potential
This movement workshop is a somatics-based energy exploration. We will use a variety of methods including: improvisation, energy healing techniques from systems like qi gong and yoga, meditation, group and partner work, and more to activate, clear, and balance our personal energy systems. This workshop is open to ages 12 and up, all genders and levels of experience with dance and energy healing.
We live in a vibrational environment. We ourselves are vibrational in nature and are constantly transmitting, receiving, storing, and navigating through energy information. When our personal Subtle Energy Body is clear and flowing in a healthy way all of life seems to reflect this.
This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to be more present and engaged with their life. Together, we will open to our highest potential and become more alive in our bodies.
Michael will be co-facilitating TransformOtion's Moon Course in Portland, OR October 31st-November 30th. The Moon Course follows the lunar cycle as a way to open the emotional body and discover the individual hidden potential through movement, energy work, meditation, and more. For more information on future TransformOtion workshops, please visit www.transformotion.org
Michael Garber born in Waynesburg, PA, received his early dance training at his family’s dance studio in Morgantown, WV. After graduating from High School, Michael worked for Holland America Cruise Lines as a dancer. Moving to NYC, Michael worked in the Intern Affiliate Program at Broadway Dance Center and studied Jazz, Hip-Hop, Theater Dance, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance with teachers such as Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Brice Mousset, Wes Veldink, and Kat Wildish. He was a member of the Steps Repertory Ensemble for two years training under Jana Hicks, Max Stone, Marijke Eliasburg, and Julie Bour. While in the Ensemble he performed the repertoire of Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Louis Falco, Andrea Miller, and more. He was a member of NY2Dance, performing “Wall Stories” in NYC, Washington DC, and Mexico City.
At the University of Utah Michael studied Dance Kinesiology, Dance History, Dance and Interactive Technology and Media Improvisation, Composition, and Modern Dance Technique. He was a member of the Performing Dance Company, performing the works of Pamela Handman-Geber, Shaun Boyle, and Andrea Miller. While in Utah, he was awarded Artist in Residence at SugarSpace where he choreographed a new work called “One.”
Michael was adjunct professor for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Theater and Dance Department. He has been a guest choreographer/instructor for West Virginia Wesleyan, West Virginia University, ArtEZ(Netherlands), and STEG Performing Arts High School(Sweden). Michael was Artistic Director/Owner of Inner Rhythm Dance Studio for 2 years. The studio provided dance education, performances, yoga, and community activities.
Michael is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki healing Master. He is a student of life and commits himself to finding sacredness and healing in his daily living. He is the Co-Director of TransformOtion with his husband and partner, Ron Amit. Together they provide educational classes and workshops on personal development, community engagement, and holistic health.
November 13, 2016
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.
Come learn about the important connections that movement, touch, and bonding have on the developing brains of infants and young children from birth to age five. The foundation for learning and school readiness is laid during these early years. Find out why floor-time is crucial in the first year of life and why providing a rich, multi-sensory world for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to explore supports optimal brain development. It is an empowering and joyful experience for caregivers, teachers, and parents to be actively engaged in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development that happens during the first five years of life. The BrainDance is based on fundamental movement patterns infants move through in the first year of life and continue refining through early childhood. Learn how to create an environment in which infants and young children can move with ease through these patterns, becoming integrated, grounded, self-reliant movers and explorers ready for a lifetime of learning. We will cover BrainDances that can be done at home, in a childcare setting, in the classroom, and in dance studios. This workshop is a must for anyone interested in making sure that young children are given the opportunity to develop their full potential in the early years of life. Daycare providers, early childhood specialists, parents, caregivers, OTs, PTs, and dance teachers are all welcome.
Terry Goetz is Director of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. Terry has been on faculty of CDC since 2000, first training with CDC Founder Anne Green Gilbert in 1997. She danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1988-1995 and 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, and Merce Cunningham as well as performing in full-length classical works. Terry holds workshops nationally and internationally, teaching BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She has presented at NDA and NDEO conferences. Terry has taught for the dance and the Child international (daCi) 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 (2013) and Manila (2016), the daCi National Gathering, daCi World Congress in Copenhagen (2015) and at universities in the US and Canada. She worked with other Dance Specialists in developing updated K-12 Learning Standards for Dance in WA state. Terry is Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington and a member of the National Dance Education Organization. At the DEAW Fall Conference in 2015 Terry was named Dance Educator of the Year, an award presented to dance educators working in the state of Washington who exemplify excellence in dance education.
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 and primary reflexes that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life and continue refining and integrating through early childhood. 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.
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. Since developing the BrainDance in 2000, Anne Green Gilbert and Creative Dance Center faculty have been expanding on the versatility and variety of this unique movement tool. Learn novel and engaging ways to keep the BrainDance fresh and fun!
Hot off the presses… Anne has just released a new BrainDance DVD with over 25 variations!
This DVD will be available for purchase at the workshop.