Educator/Community Workshops

2015-2016 Educator/Community Workshops will be online late July to early August.

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.

Title list of workshops is followed by workshop descriptions and presenter biographies.
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Teaching Experiential Anatomy in Technique Class
Pathways to Reinvigorating your Movement Vocabulary and Expanding your Students' Understanding of Their Bodies

SUNDAY, October 4, 2015
1:00pm-3:00pm
Jennifer Salk
Price: $45
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

REGISTER

 

BrainDance: Birth to 5-years
Foundation for Learning

Nov. 8, 2015
1:00-4:00pm
Terry Goetz
Price: $70
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

REGISTER

 

BrainDance Variations for all Ages
TBD
Clock Hours available. Please let us know in the Comment box of the registration form that you will be applying for Clock Hours. Participants wanting clock hours must bring $10 check made out to PSESD on day of workshop.

 

 

Creative Dance Center 2015-2016
Educator/Community Workshop Descriptions and Bios

Teaching Experiential Anatomy in Technique Class
October 4, 2015
1:00-3:00pm
Jennifer Salk
Price: $45

Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop.

Pathways to Reinvigorating your Movement Vocabulary and Expanding your Students’ Understanding of their Bodies

A major component of addressing the issue of “the whole person as artist, student, and teacher” is helping students trust their intuition as movers, as performers for other choreographers, as physical beings in a profession where demands are constantly changing. Incorporation of an experiential anatomy component into the technique class educates students about the body in a way that permanently and positively impacts how they move. It is our responsibility as dance educators whether at the elementary, secondary, or college level, to teach students how to care for their bodies and make informed choices about how to move with efficiency. By exploring a different body part each week students gain a deep understanding of their individual differences, and how their body works best. Their dynamic range expands and they learn to self-correct. This methodology also provides teachers with new avenues for expanding their own movement vocabulary. Teachers and students who have never taught or taken anatomy will appreciate the non-threatening approach to the subject. For those who have studied anatomy or kinesiology, this approach offers tools to teach and experiment with the information in a new way. The workshop will take teachers through this methodology so that they will be able to integrate it in whatever way they feel ready to.
Participants should come prepared to move by wearing comfortable clothing.

Jennifer Salk, Associate Professor, Dance Program Director, received her MFA from Ohio State University and her BFA from the University of Utah. She teaches modern dance technique, composition, dance history, teaching methods, and The Creative Process. She teaches graduate seminars in teaching methods, and composition. She spent seven years in NYC touring and dancing with various choreographers including David Dorfman and Chris Burnside, and was also the Artistic Director of her own company. Salk was an assistant professor in the dance department at the University of South Florida prior to coming Seattle. Salk has taught master classes and choreographed for companies and schools around the country, as well as in Istanbul, Turkey and Asuncion, Paraguay. She is on faculty at the Staibdance Summer Dance Intensive in Sorrento, Italy. She has performed with Mark Haim in Paris at the ArtDanThe Festival and at ADF, and at the Joyce Theater in NYC. She is a frequent guest at the National High School Dance Festival and is often a presenter at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and National Dance Education Organization conferences. She has taught at American Dance Festival and is on faculty at the Florida Dance Festival. Her DVD, Experiential Anatomy in Dance Technique: Eight Skeletal Explorations just went into second printing. Salk is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Roster Grant, and the Distinguished Teaching Award at UW in 2006 and the Donald R. Petersen Endowed Fellowship and Professorship. She is currently the Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair for the Arts.


BrainDance: Birth to 5-years
Foundation for Learning

November 8, 2015
1:00-4:00pm
Terry Goetz
Price: $70

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, the daCi National Gathering, 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.


BrainDance Foundations
TBD
Clock hours available. Please let us know in the Comment box of the registration form that you will be applying for Clock Hours. Participants wanting clock hours must bring $10 check made out to PSESD on day of workshop.

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.


BrainDance Variations for All Ages
TBD
Clock hours available. Please let us know in the Comment box of the registration form that you will be applying for Clock Hours. Participants wanting clock hours must bring $10 check made out to PSESD on day of workshop.

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 16, 2014 before attending this workshop. 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. Join Terry as she shares novel and engaging ways to keep the BrainDance fresh and fun!