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.
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Boys and Men; Fathers and SonsVincent Thomas Headshot
Sunday, July 10
2:00-4:00pm

FREE Community Workshop sponsored by the Anne Green Gilbert Endowment Fund

Vincent Thomas

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Bill Evans Seattle Dance Workshop
William "Bill" Evans
Don Halquist

Saturday February 20, 2016 1-4:45pm  Complete

Sunday February 21, 2016 10am-2pm  Complete

Both Saturday and Sunday Workshops Complete

Register by Jan. 31, 2016 for Early Bird Pricing!
Early Bird One Day: $75
Early Bird Two Day: $150

After January 31, One Day: $85
After January 31,  Two Day: $170

Don't miss the Bill Evans 75th Birthday Tour at Velocity Dance Center!
Feb. 20 + 21 / 7:30pm
MORE INFO HERE

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.

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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.

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BrainDance Variations
January 24, 2016
1:00-4:00
Price: $70
Anne Green Gilbert

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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. 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.


Boys and Men; Fathers and Sons
Fathers & Sons Photo
FREE to the community; presented by the Creative Dance Center and sponsored by the Anne Green Gilbert Endowment Fund

Sunday, July 10, 2016
2:00pm-4:00pm
Vincent Thomas (Towson University)
A Free Community Workshop Presented by the Creative Dance Center (held at CDC in N. Seattle)

A fun and rich bonding experience for men, teens, and boys to explore their values and negotiate consciousness around masculinity. In this physically engaging workshop, fathers and sons, extended family, and individuals explore verbal and physical conversations around the topic of masculinity. What is it? What is it not? How did you learn about it or come to know it? What do you/will you pass on about masculinity?

Using movement games and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views of masculinity. This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to spend time together with other men and boys.

Participants: Men, teens, and boys (ages 6 and up) of all backgrounds (no prior movement or dance skills required). Fathers may come with one or more sons, extended family welcome, as well as those individuals interested in exploring this topic.

Facilitator: Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance
Website: www.vtdance.org

To register for this FREE workshop, contact Terry Goetz, CDC Director, at terry@creativedance.org (include phone number, names, ages, and number of participants in your email) or call 206-363-7281. The Creative Dance Center is ADA accessible and has free onsite parking.

Creative Dance Center
12577 Densmore Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
206-363-7281

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist, an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University, Maryland.


BrainDance Variations
January 24, 2016
1:00-4:00
Anne Green Gilbert
Price: $70

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. Join Anne as she shares 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.

Anne Green Gilbert founded the Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in Seattle, Washington in 1981 and the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 1994.  Anne has had a varied teaching career starting as an elementary school teacher, moving on to dance and pedagogy classes at University of Illinois Chicago and University of Washington, then teaching children’s dance classes at Cornish College and Bill Evans/Dance Theatre Seattle before starting the Creative Dance Center. She has been an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University for many years and taught for Lesley University’s Outreach Masters Program for ten years. For the past thirty-five years, Anne has taught toddlers through adults at Creative Dance Center, trained teachers through her Summer Dance Institute, and conducted hundreds of workshops and residencies across the United States and abroad. Anne developed the BrainDance, a focusing warm-up exercise, in 2000. The BrainDance is used in many schools, studios, and homes around the world. Anne is internationally recognized for her work with young artists and the creative process. She has choreographed dances for university dance companies as well as local Northwest dance companies and Kaleidoscope.

Anne is the author of Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement (1977), Creative Dance for All Ages (1st edition 1992, 2nd edition 2015), Brain-Compatible Dance Education (2006), Teaching Creative Dance DVD (2002) and BrainDance DVD (2003/2016), as well as numerous articles. Anne has also collaborated with composer Eric Chappelle on the CDs, BrainDance Music and Music for Creative Dance Volumes I-V. Anne is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, and Dance and the Child International (daCi). Anne served on the daCi board for twelve years. 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 is the recipient of several awards including the NDA Scholar/Artist award in 2005, the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award for her work with boys and men in dance in 2014.

Anne is the mother of three amazing Kaleidoscope alums and grandmother of seven dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her talented husband, David.


Bill Evans Seattle Dance Teacher Workshop
One or Two Day Registration Options Available
February 20, 2016 (Saturday)
1:00-3:00pm – Bartenieff Fundamentals & Laban-Based Dance Technique with Bill Evans
3:15-4:45pm Developing a Personal Pedagogy of Dance Technique with Don Halquist
February 21, 2016 (Sunday)
10:00am-12:00pm Bartenieff Fundamentals & Laban-Based Dance Technique with Bill Evans
12:30-2:00pm Developing a Personal Pedagogy of Dance Technique with Don Halquist

Register by Jan. 31, 2016 for Early Bird Pricing!
Early Bird One Day: $75
Early Bird Two Day: $150

After January 31, One Day: $85
After January 31,  Two Day: $170

Don't miss the Bill Evans 75th Birthday Tour at Velocity Dance Center!
Feb. 20 + 21 / 7:30pm
MORE INFO HERE

Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban-Based Dance Technique
William "Bill" Evans has been guiding dancers into more deeply embodied dancing through the application of Bartenieff Fundamentals to dance technique, for 40 years. He will share some of the patterns that he has found most useful at the beginning of these sessions. He has been coaching dancers on become more dynamic, expressive and spatially clear through the application of Laban's Effort and Space theories to dance technique for just as long. He will share two model classes of his work, including extended dancing phrases as culminating experiences.

Developing a Personal Pedagogy of Dance Technique
Don Halquist is a dance educator who has pioneered the application of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences theory to the teaching of dance technique for the past two decades. He has also applied other teaching and learning theories to the teaching of dance. He will share some of his strategies and give participants a chance to apply them during these sessions.

The fundamentals of Evans/Halquist pedagogy are:

  • Teacher Regeneration
  • Trust
  •  Relationship
  •  Reflection
  •  Personal Meaning-Making
  •  Active Learning
  •  Validation 
  •  Student Empowerment
  •  Choice Making
  •  Contextualization
  •  Differentiation
  •  Integration
  •  Personal Uniqueness

 

WILLIAM “BILL” EVANS is artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company (based in Seattle, then Albuquerque and then Rochester, New York), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, 2014. It has performed in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada, and in 22 other countries. It was among the most-booked companies in the U.S. for several years under the Dance Touring and Artist-in-the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. William founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992. He was formerly artistic coordinator, choreographer and dancer for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, for which he has created 19 works including a commission for new work to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, which will be premiered in November, 2015. He was formerly artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and has served as permanent guest artist with the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program since 1995. He has choreographed more than 250 works for more than 60 professional companies throughout the world and been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 75 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and two Awards for Excellence in Dance from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance. He was voted one of the three top world tap dance artists in the Dance Magazine Readers Poll. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild in New York City and the Dance Educator of Year Award from the New York State Dance Education Association in November, 2014. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival, was named National Dance Association Scholar/Artist and is one of only three honorary members of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science     
His most significant life's work has been as a dance educator. He is professor of dance emeritus at both the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York College at Brockport. He founded the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance in 1977 and has taught thousands of students and teachers in the past four decades. He created the Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance Technique, which is disseminated through a four-summer certification program. William earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts. William's book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man: A Photographic Journey of a Life in Dance, was published in 2005.
www.billevansdance.org
           
DR. DON HALQUIST has performed with the Bill Evans Dance Company since 1985. He has taught Evans Technique, Repertory and Pedagogy in the Bill Evans Summer Dance Teacher Intensives since 1988. He has taught Evans Technique at the University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College, State University of New York College at Brockport and elsewhere. He is the Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College in Providence. He was formerly chair of the Department of Education and Human Development at the College at Brockport. For eight years, he was a second grade school teacher in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.