SDIT Faculty

Institute Director Anne Green Gilbert founded Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in 1981. Internationally recognized as one of the leaders in dance education, Anne has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and has taught dance at all levels in universities, public schools, and private studios for the past 35 years. Anne is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the National Dance Association’s 2005 Scholar/Artist award. In October 2011 the National Dance Education Organization presented Anne with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of Creative Dance For All AgesBrain-Compatible Dance EducationTeaching the Three Rs Through MovementBrainDance (DVD), and Teaching Creative Dance (DVD). Anne is in demand throughout the world for her fun, engaging, and transforming workshops. As an educator, author, and choreographer, Anne promotes quality dance experiences for all ages. 

Dionne Kamara, a former member of the Urban Bush Women performance company, is currently a resident teaching artist in New York City. Dionne teaches creative dance integrating academic curriculm to children in public schools, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas through the art of dance. She has taught creative and traditional West African dance in schools, community centers and cultural institutions in the New York metropolitan area for many years and also teaches creative dance to infants through adults in several NYC studios. Dionne has been an SDIT faculty member since 2003.

Theresa (Terry) Goetz, has been on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000. She began training intensively with Anne Green Gilbert in 1997 and has also trained closely with Bill Evans at his Teacher Intensives. Terry has taught dance in preschools and in elementary classrooms as a teaching artist, and in dance studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1995. Terry presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, training dance teachers, educators, and teaching artists in BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education and she has presented at the National Dance Association and National Dance Education Organization conferences. She worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in WA state as a Dance Specialist developing updated K-12 Learning Standards for Dance. Terry is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and is the Past-President of the Dance Educators Association of Washington. Terry is Director of Creative Dance Center. 

Eric Chappelle, creator of Music For Creative Dance, Violin for Modern and Ballet and BrainDance Music, has worked extensively with dance, on stage, and in the classroom for over 20 years. Currently the Music Director at the Creative Dance Center and on staff at Cornish College of the Arts and Dance Fremont, Eric founded Aventurine Music in 1993, a company providing music for the arts and education. 

Anna Mansbridge is from the United Kingdom, where she studied dance for many years. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, U.K. and an M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, California. She has been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center since 1999, where she teaches dance to people of all ages. Anna has created many pieces on Kaleidoscope, and is Rehearsal Director for the company. Anna is also the founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, which specializes in recreating dances of the European courts from the 16th through 18th centuries. In addition, Anna choreographs and directs early opera. Her recent direction of Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Cavalieri (1600) received rave reviews, and she just choreographed her first combat scene for an mini-opera at On The Boards. Anna is Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company.

Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Creative Dance Center’s performing company of young people between the ages of 8 & 15, will perform an informal, free concert for SDIT participants and the community Wednesday evening, July 29.