Anne Green Gilbert
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. She has choreographed dances for Kaleidoscope as well as Northwest dance companies and university productions. Kaleidoscope Company has toured in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Taiwan.
Anne achieved remarkable educational results as an elementary school teacher by incorporating movement and dance into skill learning. She went on to combine developmental work and brain science into a holistic approach. This can be used from early infancy till late senior years. Her open secret was to make the sessions enjoyable so that skills were developed with enthusiasm.
Anne is the author of ‘Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement Experiences’, ‘Creative Dance for All Ages’, ‘Brain-Compatible Dance Education’, ‘Teaching Creative Dance’ (DVD), ‘BrainDance’ (DVD), and numerous articles. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and Dance and the Child International (daCi) and served on the daCi board for 12 years. She is founder and past president of the Dance Educators Association of Washington, an organization promoting quality dance education in all Washington state K-12 schools.
Anne is internationally recognized for her work with young artists and her creative process. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the NDA Scholar/Artist Award in 2005, the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award for her work with boys and men in dance in 2014, and the American Dance Festival Balasaraswati /Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 2016.
Below you can view a video of The Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching presented to Anne Green Gilbert at the American Dance Festival, July 10, 2016.