Educator/Community Workshops

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.
Click on the links below to view full descriptions and biographies
   

Bill Evans One Day Seattle Dance Intensive

SUNDAY, October 5, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Bill Evans – Read his remarkable Bio HERE.

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!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $120 if paid by Sept. 19.
After Sept. 19: $140
15% discount for anyone who attended Bill's workshop at the Creative Dance Center last October. Please make a note in the Comment Box when registering and the 15% will be deducted from the registration fee.
Questions:  billevansdance@hotmail.com

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BrainDance Foundations
Nov. 16, 2014 1:00-5:00pm  $90
Anne Green Gilbert
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop. We will be happy to refund the workshop fee to those who registered because they needed the clock hours. Contact martha@creativedance.org

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BrainDance Variations for all Ages
January 25, 2015  1:00-4:00pm  $70
Terry Goetz
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.

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Creative Dance Center 2014-2015
Educator/Community Workshop Descriptions and Bios

Gaga and Transformotion Workshop
September 21, 2014
Gaga: 1-2:30
Reflection and Discussion: 2:30-2:45
Break: 2:45-3:00
Transformotion/Reflection/Discussion: 3:00-5:00pm
Early Bird Discount: $80 if registered by Monday, Sept. 15
After Sept. 15: $100

Gaga People+Dancers
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga is a way for learning and strengthening your body, adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations and offers ways for their elimination. Gaga elevates instinctive motion and links conscious and subconscious movement. Gaga is an experience of freedom and pleasure. In a simple way, a pleasant place, comfortably close, accompanied by music, every person with himself and others. Gaga was developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. This innovative movement language has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. The Gaga workshop will be led by Ron Amit.  

Learn more about Gaga by watching these videos.

Ohad Naharin interview.

TRANSFORMØTION MOVEMENT LAB + COOL DOWN
Transformøtion is a holistic contemporary dance experience that uses the intelligence of the dancing body for self-discovery and development. Influenced by Gaga methodology, Eastern/Yogic philosophy, and somatic movement practices, this class may include task-oriented exercises, visualizations, open dialogue, partner/group collaborations, and movement phrases. We practice our ability to be more concise and present, to express our uniqueness, enhance creativity, and find boundless movement. By deepening our awareness of the relationship between the emotional, mental, and physical bodies, we develop a deep connection with our Self and each other in the studio and in our daily life. This class is tailored to the movement experience of the group and includes a blend of physical effort and restorative flow. The Lab will be followed by a Community Cool-Down with aspects of yoga, somatic practices, stretch and release, meditation, and time for discussion Q&A. This movement lab will be led by Michael Garber and Ron Amit.

Ron Amit was born in Israel and began his professional career in 2003 when he joined the Batsheva Ensemble. Ron performed works by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Arkady Zaides, Daniel Landau, and performed with Matanicola, a Berlin based collaborative project. He received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship from 2003-2004 and from 2004-2006 he served as an Outstanding Dancer in the IDF. Ron’s choreographic work has been performed in the US, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and Israel. He collaborated with Mor Shani on a duet titled Lu Carmela for the Shades of Dance Festival in Israel. The duet won several awards including Best Choreography in the SoloDuo international dance competition in Hungary and ACT Festival in Spain. Lu Carmela was also nominated for the Swan award for Best Production at National Holland Awards in 2010. Ron was one of the first certified teachers to bring Gaga to the US and has been teaching Gaga around the world for several years. He helped start the Gaga program at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC and was a guest teacher at the Juilliard School in 2010. Ron and Shiri Capuano Quantz cofounded ZuZu-Balance in Motion in 2012 in Israel, a non-profit organization that used movement as a healing and self-empowerment modality for minorities and disabled people.

Michael Garber, born in Waynesburg, PA, received his early training at his family’s dance studio. After graduating he worked as a dancer for Holland America Cruiselines. He lived in NYC from 2005-2011. He is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Intern Affiliate Program and was a member of the Steps Repertory Ensemble for two years. He has studied with Jana Hicks, Max Stone, Marijke Eliasburg, Julie Bour, Brice Mousset, Ron Amit, and many more. While in NYC he performed works by choreographers such as, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Louis Falco, Andrea Miller, and Nejla Yatkin. Michael attended the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department, where he received awards and scholarships for his dedication to the performing arts. There, he studied Dance Kinesiology with Pamela Handman and worked with guest teachers and choreographers including Elena Demenyenko, Yanns Adinou, and Andrea Miller. Michael was Artist in Residence at Sugar Space in Salt Lake City and has had work shown in the NYC and Sweden. Michael is also a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki healing practitioner and combines this knowledge with dance, helping others to heal and grow.



Bill Evans One Day Seattle Dance Intensive

Sunday, October 5, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Bill Evans
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $120 if paid by Sept. 19.
After Sept. 19: $140
15% discount for anyone who attended Bill's workshop at the Creative Dance Center last October. Please make a note in the Comment Box when registering and the 15% will be deducted from the registration fee.
Questions:  billevansdance@hotmail.com
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!

Questions:  billevansdance@hotmail.com

Do not miss this opportunity to work with one of America's great modern dance teachers!

9:00 – 10:30: Somatics Lab
Evans' approach to Bartenieff Fundamentals as preparation for dance technique.
Learning from the Living Body. In this session Evans will guide us into sensing and feeling our inner selves and an exploration of body-level organization, connectivity, integration and phrasing.

10:45 – 12:30: Intermediate Laban/Bartenieff-Based Dance Technique
A model session of the Evans Approach to Teaching Dance Technique, appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages, with live accompaniment.

12:30 – 1:30: lunch

1:30 – 3:00: Pedagogy Seminar
An interactive discussion of The Fundamentals of the Evans Method, which are:
    •    Community
    •    Trust
    •    Relationship
    •    Active Leaning
    •    Validation
    •    Differentiation
    •    Student Empowerment
    •    Teacher Regeneration

Participants are invited to videotape all three components of the workshop.
 



BrainDance Foundations
Nov. 16, 2014 1:00-5:00pm $90
Anne Green Gilbert
Clock hours are NOT available for this workshop. We will be happy to refund the workshop fee to those who registered because they needed the clock hours. Contact martha@creativedance.org

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.

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 16th year at the Creative Dance Center, and is in demand throughout the world for her fun, engaging, and transforming workshops.


BrainDance Variations for All Ages
January 25, 2015  1:00-4:00pm  $70
Terry Goetz
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!

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.