Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Since its inception in 1981, The Creative Dance Center and its performing arm, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, have been lead by founder and artistic director Anne Gilbert. Located just north of the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood in the Haller Lake area, Creative Dance Center strives to make dance accessible and enjoyable for a broad spectrum of people. Classes are offered for infants through adults, using the latest brain research to help integrate the movements of the body with the functions of the brain.
Kaleidoscope is a modern dance company with dedicated members that range in age from eight to fifteen. Arthur Stamey-Mills, a seasoned 13 year old, notes that “ Dance is like talking, you can be fast or slow, connected or alone, harsh or gentle with your movements.”
Kaleidoscope has performed locally at school assemblies and community concerts as well as representing the United States at dance and child international conferences around the world. Many dancers in this troupe hail from the Greenwood- Phinney area and have been dancers at Kaleidoscope for many years.
One of the choreographers, Mary Kay Vadino, resides on the Ridge as well. She has been featured as a guest choreographer for over fifteen years, and her latest spring piece for the May performance features interpretations of water and the forms that water can take. She hopes that viewers will come away with the idea that we should all be more fluid and adaptable in our approach to life. Other than her own piece, Vadino points out that the upcoming show “is a nice showcase of different styles and musical choices. Some are lyrical and some are theatrical.”
She enjoys being a part of the Creative Dance Center since the young dancers in the company have a clear understanding of music and dance concepts. They easily project what the choreographer is trying to accomplish and Vadino welcomes student input as part of the creative process. “The kids help with problem solving given the space and time we work with, “ notes Vadino.
The upcoming Kaleidoscope In Concert Spring Concert Series will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall on Capital Hill, May 7, 8, and 9, 2010 . The Creative Dance Center is located at 12577 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133 (206) 363-7281 Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Their website with the complete listing of current classes is: http://www.creativedance.org/classes/schedule.cfm
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