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Creative Dance Center

By Anne Green Gilbert
Creative Dance Center is a non-profit organization that provides quality, brain-compatible dance education for people of all ages. KALEIDOSCOPE DANCE COMPANY, CDC's performing company of young people, provides professional performance opportunities for children and, in so doing, provides quality dance performances accessible to people of all ages. The CDC is located in Seattle, Washington and has been operating for over 25 years. BrainDance is a series of exercises comprised of eight fundamental movement patterns that we move through in the first year of life. This "dance" is an excellent full body and brain warm-up for children and adults in all settings. The BrainDance can be done at the beginning of class; before tests, performances, and presentations; and during computer work and TV watching for brain reorganization, oxygenation, and recuperation. Research has shown that these patterns used in BrainDance are crucial to the wiring of our central nervous system. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies on the floor. However, cycling through these patterns sitting or standing has been found to be beneficial. Check out the articles (pdf) to learn more about movement and dance for babies. The exercises are listed to follow through different age groups. submitted by Shana Habel

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3
Curriculum Areas:Performing Arts
Themes/Keywords: Babies
Brain-based Research
Warming Up

movement, tempi, rhythm, meters, rythmic patterns, expansion, canon, accumulation, transposition

Essential Question(s)
1. How do you make learning fun and enjoyable for students of all ages?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What movement and dance activities are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers?
2. How do you develop a playful, safe environment for parents and children so they can bond with one another as well as with other infants, children, and adults?

Extension and Activities
1. Review some of the resources listed in this website.
2. Read the articles and go to some of the additional websites listed.

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