Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (SDIT)

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Join Anne Green Gilbert and Dionne Kamara (2 week Foundational Course) and Terry Goetz and Anna Mansbridge (1 week Refresher Course) and guest faculty as they share the philosophy of brain-compatible teaching and the power of the BrainDance. Through movement and discussion, participants experience sample lessons based on Anne Green Gilbert's patently successful five-part conceptual lesson plan and the brain-compatible principles that underpin it. Discover how incorporating these principles into your teaching and workplace can positively affect class management, behavior, learning, and focus. A wide variety of afternoon workshops will extend participants’ knowledge and experience. 

Now in its twenty-second year, SDIT is designed for educators, dance teachers, arts specialists, and therapists who wish to understand the vital link between movement and cognition. Gain confidence in how to combine the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression. Explore cutting edge dance pedagogy and best practices in the ever-evolving laboratory of SDIT. Participants leave renewed and ready to incorporate movement into the lives of their students.

Summer Dance Institute for Teachers is designed to:SDIT 15 Gray Tank Smile

  • increase understanding and application of brain-compatible teaching methods and BrainDance;
  • focus on National Dance Standards and State Essential Academic Learning Requirements;
  • present kinesthetic activities that will increase academic learning and integrate body and mind;
  • offer management techniques guaranteed to create a collaborative and positive atmosphere;
  • strengthen modern dance and choreographic skills;
  • extend dance knowledge and experience through a wide variety of afternoon workshops;
  • provide opportunities for networking and rejuvenation!
  • allow participants to take CDC classes at no cost in the evenings and observe Summer Session classes on Saturday


Two Week Course (July 18- 29, 2016) is an action-packed foundational course in Brain-Compatible Dance Teaching Methods. Continuing Education credits and clock hours available. Course Fee: $825 Early Bird Discount with registration by May 15, 2016; $895 if paid after May 15, 2016. [more info].

The two-week course, led by Anne Green Gilbert with Dionne Kamara, is a foundational course that has depth and breadth. Some teachers may be nervous about committing to two weeks because if the workshop is not engaging or pertinent two weeks is a big commitment. Others may think their depth of experience will cause them to be bored over a two-week stretch. During the many years of the SDIT everyone who has attended the two-week course has been extremely pleased. Many have wished that the SDIT was even longer. Occasionally, when people have attended the one-week course instead of the two-week they have returned for the two-week course. Also, participants who have taken the two-week course often return for the two-week course again. The two-week SDIT is a lot of fun! A great deal of exploring and learning takes place.

The number of participants is limited. All refunds are subject to a $75 handling fee. Please register early to ensure a place in the Summer Dance Institute.

One Week Course (July 11 – 15, 2016) is a refresher course for returning or experienced teachers to reinforce dance teaching methods and learn new skills. Continuing Education credits and clock hours available. Course Fee: $525 Early Bird Discount with registration by May 15, 2016; $595 if paid after May 15, 2016.  [more info]

The one-week course, led by CDC Director Terry Goetz and Kaleidoscope Dance Company Director Anna Mansbridge, is designed for participants who have attended the two-week course or attended other courses that Anne Green Gilbert has taught outside of Seattle. It is similar to a series of workshops rather than sequential and comprehensive. It is a refresher course, used by the participants for rejuvenation from a year of teaching.

If you have not attended the two-week course but need to take the one-week course because of time constraints, please send or email Anne Green Gilbert ( a brief resume or description of your education and teaching experience. Include reasons for not being able to attend the two-week course. Your application will be considered.

The number of participants is limited. Please register early to ensure a place in the Summer Dance Institute.

All refunds are subject to a $75 handling fee.