Dance Programs

BRAINDANCE

The BrainDance, developed by Anne Green Gilbert, is an effective full body and brain warm-up for people of all ages. It is composed of eight developmental movement patterns human beings are programmed to move through from 0-12 months that wire the central nervous system.

What is Brain-Compatible Dance Education?

Brain-Compatible DanceEducation (BCDE), the teaching philosophy at TDF, is a nationally and internationally recognized teaching methodology. BCDE is a structured methodology for teaching dance using a lesson plan and strategies that create an environment in which the brain is ready, willing, and able to learn. This holistic approach allows students the opportunity to become skilled dancers, critical thinkers, innovative creators, successful collaborators, and respectful responders.

All of our classes are planned and presented using brain-compatible principles that make learning fun and enjoyable for all types of students. Our teachers use a five-part lesson plan in which students explore a variety of dance concepts throughout the year by(1) warming up with the BrainDance, (2) exploring the concept, (3) developing skills, (4) creating, and (5) cooling down. The five-part lesson plan alternates teacher-directed activities with student-centered activities, and skill development with improvisation. This structure provides the repetition and novelty that engages all types of learners.

 What are the benefits gained with BCDE?

  • Skilled Mover: BrainDance Variations, Developing Skills, Improvisation, Choreography
  • Critical Thinker: Understanding Dance Concepts, Improvisation, Observation, Reflection
  • Inventive Creator: Exploration of Dance Concepts, Improvisation, Choreography
  • Successful Collaborator: Leading, Following, Partner and Group Work
  • Respectful Responder: Observation, Reflection through various modes

 What sets us/Brain-Compatible Dance Education apart?

Looking for a reason to enroll? You’re in the right place! We believe TDF is unique because we…

1.   Present meaningful curriculum through conceptual content for deeper understanding.

2.   Create an enriched, multi-sensory environment for stronger neuronal connections and better memory. 

3.   Give meaningful feedback that is timely (in the moment) and specific to create positive change. 

4.   Include opportunities for emotional engagement because emotions, thinking, and learning are linked. 

5.   Encourage social interaction as students learn best through collaboration and peer coaching. 

6.   Present a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is challenging yet achievable.

7.   Alternate teacher-directed and student-centered activities for a balanced brain and deep learning.

8.   Provide both novel and repetitious experiences for attention and retention.

9.   Offer a curriculum that is holistic and sequential for efficient and optimum learning.

10.Provide information about nutrition and sleep to promote healthy bodies and brains.

Adult Programs


Our adult classes focus on movement skills, technique and exercise. Adults enjoy a wide range of genres that are offered in tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. See list of genres for the style that suits your exploration of fun!

DANCEWORKS

DANCEWORKS is The Dance Factory's performance arm with members ranging in ages 7 - 18. Founded by Sheri Towner-Gabrelcik, this engaging group of dancers delighted audiences with a variety of dances and stories. They have performed for hundreds of school-ages children, senior centers and community centers. The company offers opportunities for youth interested in performing a chance to give back to the community.

For information on how you can bring a DANCEWORKS performance to your school or community center contact us at 302-678-1964 or use the contact form on our page.