Kaleidoscope Dance Company
Kaleidoscope Dance Company
Concerts and Performances 2016-2017
Kaleidoscope Dance Company
presents the Gift of Dance
Sunday, December 4 – 3:00pm
Adults: $10/Youth: $6
Shorewood Performing Arts Center
17300 Fremont Ave. N
and at the door
Join Kaleidoscope Dance Company as they present an afternoon of original, new modern dance works choreographed by youth ages 7-16.
For the first time in the 36 year history of the Gift of Dance, the dancers have created and will perform their own choreography to live classical music. Musicians Annie Chang-Center, pianist, and Erika Pierson, cello, curated a selection of classical music and the dancers chose pieces that spoke to them. Listen and watch as dancers share work inspired by a range of composers including Rachmaninoff (Russian), Debussy (French), Bartok (Hungarian), de Falla (Spanish), and Gershwin (American).
Kaleidoscope Dance Company engages in a collaborative process in multi-age groups, using choreographic forms and devices to compose work that is deeply personal yet universal in its appeal to audiences of all ages.
Enliven your holiday season with this inspiring, uplifting, and family-friendly concert as Kaleidoscope Dance Company shares the Gift of Dance AND live music with you!
Audience members are invited to join company dancers and Artistic Director Anna Mansbridge on stage for a community dance during intermission!
Silent Auction (themed gift baskets and delectable desserts) to benefit the Creative Dance Center begins at 2:30. Delicious, homemade concessions are available prior to the show and during intermission.
Annie Chang-Center, violist and pianist, started performing as a pianist in her native Taiwan when she was six years old. Since coming to the U.S. at thirteen, Annie has concertized in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed as a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a violist, she has performed at festivals around the world and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, and Philadelphia string quartets. She is a chamber music coach for Cornish Summer Music, Summer Sounds, and Seattle Chamber Music Society’s ‘Music In The Classroom’ Program.
Erika Pierson, cellist, earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Cello Performance from Indiana University and her Master’s of Music Performance from University of Michigan. Erika has given solo recitals in England, Germany, Spain, and in the United States. She has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Berlin, Michigan, and Washington. On the less classical side of things, she has performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Rod Stewart, the Walkmen, and Deltron 3030. Currently Erika performs regularly as the cellist in Bella Sala String Quartet, NOCCO Chamber Orchestra, and freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.
This vibrant show, described by the Seattle Weekly as "refreshing," shares a message of peace and cooperation, especially meaningful during the holiday season. "These students are professional in every sense of the word…. Their graceful motions, their faces full of feeling… this is why we need the arts. They have the power to heal us in ways we cannot explain." (Valley View).
- is the longest-running modern dance company in Seattle, founded in 1981 by Anne Green Gilbert
- is a modern repertory dance company of boys and girls between the ages of 7-16
- has toured internationally in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Russia, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, Jamaica, Taiwan, and Denmark and performed nationally in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Utah, and all over Washington State
- has danced for hundreds of thousands of school children in public and private schools in the Northwest
Kaleidoscope Dance Company Boys Receive Rave Review for their Performance at the 2016 Men in Dance Festival!
Sandra Kurtz at The Seattle Weekly said …
"While most of the work on the program was designed for adult performers, Michael Garber brought a group of young dancers from Kaleidoscope Dance Company together in Comradery. In a study of isolation and connection among people, the cast was affecting without being sentimental—a difficult tone to strike."
Kaleidoscope celebrates the joy of dance with an exceptional balance of youth and professionalism. During the past 35 years, Kaleidoscope has traveled around the world sharing the joy of dance with audiences of all ages.
Recently, Kaleidoscope has performed in the Men In Dance Concert (to rave reviews) in Seattle, STG's Global Dance Party at The Moore, in Taiwan at Taipei National University of the Arts, and in Copenhagen, Denmark at the dance and the Child international conference.
"Kaleidoscope is the most unique performance I have seen – It was simply wonderful!"
December 4, 2016 – Gift of Dance, Shorewood Performing Arts Center at 3:00pm. Tickets available at the door. Adults: $10. Youth: $6.
December 11, 2016 at 3:45 – Winterfest, Seattle Center Armory
January 27, 2017 – School Concert at Columbia Elementary School, Mukilteo
March 19, 2017 – Afternoon of Dance, Creative Dance Center's school shows at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
May 12, 13, & 14, 2017 – Kaleidoscope Spring Concert, Broadway Performance Hall
July 19, 2017 – Summer Community Concert at Creative Dance Center (free will donation at door), 7:30pm.
Kaleidoscope Spring Concert 2017
Mother's Day Weekend
Broadway Performance Hall • 1625 Broadway, Seattle
Friday, May 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 3:30pm
Festival seating available through Brown Paper Tickets
Adults: $18 • Youth (under 16) /Senior: $8
Call 1.800.838.3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com
Patron tickets with reserved seating only available through Creative Dance Center
Adult Patron Tickets: $35 • Youth/Senior Patron Tickets: $20
Visit www.creativedance.org or call 206.363.7281
Fun Facts About Kaleidoscope
• is the longest-running modern dance company in Seattle, founded in 1981 by Anne Green Gilbert.
• is a modern repertory dance company of boys and girls between the ages of 7-16, whose graduates utilize the Kaleidoscope skills of collaboration and creativity in a variety of settings: dancing professionally, attending college, and working in fields such as health, research, design, education, technology, and the arts.
• works with well-known choreographers including Pat Graney, Bill Evans, Wade Madsen, Tom Truss, Christian Swenson, Shirley Jenkins, Jurg Koch, Paige Barnes, Eva Stone, Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino, Deborah Birrane, Debbie Gilbert, Joanne Petroff, Ellie Sandstrom, Rhonda Cinotto, Joshua Crouch, Anna Mansbridge, Marlene Strang, Peter Kyle, and Michael Garber.
• has toured internationally in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Russia, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, Jamaica, Taiwan, and Denmark and performed nationally in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Utah, and all over Washington State.
• has danced for hundreds of thousands of school children in public and private schools in the Northwest.
• is based at the Creative Dance Center located in the historic Haller Lake Community Club in North Seattle.
• members are students in the Seattle, Shoreline, and Northshore School Districts, and the Homeschool community.