gary reed - Director of Outreach

Gary has been teaching at BDC for more than 20 years. He began his dance career with musical theater in Northern California. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Dance. Since moving to Seattle, he has performed with numerous local modern dance companies and in musicals at the 5th Avenue Theater. Gary teaches Creative Movement, Modern and Jazz at BDC as well as directing the outreach program.

Contact Gary to set up classes with your school or class group:


Possible Curricular Ties  

Math, Science, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Language, Cultural Studies

Resources for teachers:

Lesson Plans and resources can be provided to classroom teachers to help facilitate continuation of creative dance curriculum ideas post-residency. 

bdc outreach in local schools

As a founding member of the Washington State Arts Commission Consortium, Bainbridge Dance Center has been providing arts education programming in public and private schools since 1999.

We offer an extensive outreach program of classes, lectures and performances with a focus on Dance and Creative Movement Instruction and Appreciation.We bring residency programs to schools as well as providing programs during which classes can come to the BDC studios for their learning. 

Outreach Director Gary Reed works directly with classroom teachers to design residency programs that integrate targeted concepts from ongoing curriculum (such as counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, Mathematical Shapes, or a Science unit on Plants and Animals) while providing an opportunity for students to experience creative dance and physical learning. 

For more information, contact us at: (206) 842-1497 or


Sample Workshop Topics

Dance Class Study at the Studio

Dance and Math in the Classroom

BrainDance and Beyond


Sample Workshop Descriptions

Dance Class Study at the Studio:  Students are invited to the BDC studios for two sessions of creative movement and dance. They learn basic vocabulary of dance and explore their own creativity as they apply dance and movement concepts to study areas they are pursuing in their classroom. Classes involve warm-ups using BrainDance concepts, dance vocabulary exploration, and creative expression activities where students connect dance and curriculum. Every residency is tailored to each class and what they are currently studying.

Dance and Math:  Students explore connections between dance concepts and math concepts. Classroom teachers select concepts appropriate to age level of students; such as shapes, patterns, symmetry/asymmetry, flips and slides, math facts, counting, place value, fractions, and geometry. Each session will start with exploring BrainDance patterns that integrate the pre-selected math concepts the students are studying. Creative movement activities will help students apply kinesthetic learning styles to deepen their understanding of the math concepts.

BrainDance and Beyond: Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a series of exercises comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies, sides, and back on the floor. However, cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. This "dance" is an excellent full body and brain warm-up  for any physical or cognitive activity: before tests, performances, and presentations; after sitting for long periods of time; and to increase energy and reduce stress. It is a centering body/brain movement tool that prepares students for learning and helps with appropriate behavior and social skills.