Preschool Activities: Creative Dance Classes

Wayne Rutledge

These adorable creative dance students are taking their bows, having just performed for their families in our in-house dance recital.

Preschool Activities: Why Creative Dance is the Best

Does your child love to move when you play music? Play music and they will dance around the room. Observe them closely and you will notice that they repeat the same movements over and over. They not only have a limited early speaking vocabulary, they have a limited early movement vocabulary. The best Creative Dance activities make use of your child's imagination. Expanding their movement vocabulary in our creative dance classes is so beneficial. We make learning fun and that is why this is a perfect preschool activity for your child.

Our creative dance classes work on things like developing body awareness, loco-motor skills, strength, and flexibility. However, children are capable of learning much more, and we take full advantage of this opportunity. 

We introduce your child to concepts such as levels and directions in space, pathways, qualities of movement, etc. Your child will see, feel, and experience moving fast, slow, sharp, smooth, strong, light, etc. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body, and with the instructors guidance, make it into a dozen different creative dance movement variations. They’ll try it high, low, backwards, upside down, with a partner, etc. It’s all wrapped in fun creative themes and it opens up unlimited possibilities to move, express, and relate to the world around them.

Creative Dance Class Schedule

Fall 2019


Girls wear black cotton tank leotard, pink footless tights, and bare feet. No skirts/tutus please! Except for special skirt days. 

Boys wear black shorts or sweats, white t-shirt, and bare feet.

These items can be picked up at Centerstage Dance Shop, 5261 University Way NE or order online at Discount Dance Supply and use school code TP120018

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Studio Locations

Shoreline, WA

1240 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155


8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103


3116 West Smith Street, Seattle WA 98199

Our Shoreline dance school dance studios 1 and 2 are located very close to the corner of NE 175th Street and 15th Ave Northwest, in the North City neighborhood. Enter the 2nd floor dance studio by the door nestled in the middle of this L shaped building. 

Our Greenwood dance school dance studios 1 and 2 are located at the corner of 80th and Greenwood Ave North, catercorner to Diva Espresso. Our office is in the back of the building as are the studio entrances. If you are new, check in at the office and say hello!

Our Magnolia dance school dance studio is located at the corner of 32nd and West Smith Street, across the street from Rite Aid.  There is lots of street parking. Enter the 2nd floor dance studio by the side alley door. 

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Shoreline from NE 175th Street 

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Meet Your Child's Creative Dance Teachers

"Just as is true in the best preschool activities, the quality of the creative dance teacher makes all the difference."                                 Elizabeth Chayer, Founder & Director

Dakota Crist

Dakota Crist holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Dakota found her love for dance instruction in 2009. She is currently pursuing professional development in dance education.

Emily Curtis

Emily Curtiss holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Montana. She had her early training at Studio One and Allegro Dance Studio, both in Sandpoint, Idaho. She studied Ballet, Jazz and Modern and danced for 4 years on the Sandpoint High School Dance Team.   She Emily has extensive choreographic and performance experience and has been teaching since 2012.

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