Press Release


SHAPE America to Feature 2nd Edition of One of Its Most Popular Books, Creative Dance for All Ages at Seattle Convention

RESTON, VA, March 10, 2015 --- SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and its publishing partner, Human Kinetics, Inc., will feature the highly anticipated recent release of Creative Dance for All Ages, 2nd Edition, during SHAPE America's 130th National Convention & Expo, March 17-21,in Seattle.

The book's author, Anne Green Gilbert, will be recognized for her contribution to dance education and SHAPE America through the authorship of two of its best-selling books, the first edition of Creative Dance for All Ages and Brain-Compatible Dance Education. Gilbert will be honored on Wednesday, March 18, during the convention's Opening General Session.

"This new edition is an unparalleled resource for dance educators who are looking for a conceptual creative dance curriculum that will support teaching to learners of all ages," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin. "Whether you're in a dance studio, dance company, recreation or education setting, you will discover a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to teaching dance, emphasizing the "how" as much as the 'why. We are truly honored to celebrate the release of the book and honor Anne for her contributions."

Since publishing the first edition of Creative Dance for All Ages, SHAPE America has sold more than 33,000 copies of the book, making it one of the organization's best-selling books ever. 

New features of the 2nd edition include:

  • An easy-to-navigate format to help quickly access the material and find lesson planning and assessment tools.
  • Content to put dance educators on the cutting edge and reflect changes in the field. 
  • Forty age-appropriate and brain-compatible lesson plans that are accessible through the web resource, which saves prep time and helps ensure compliance with the latest standards. 
  • Five downloadable video clips that demonstrate the lesson plans and teaching strategies and how to put them to work in the classroom.
  • Suggestions for modifying lessons to help teachers include students of all abilities. 
  • Eight assessment forms and adaptable curriculum planning templates.

A Seattle resident, Anne Green Gilbert is well known in the Washington state dance communities. She founded both the Creative Dance Center and and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in 1981. Early in her career, Gilbert taught children's dance classes at Cornish College and Bill Evans/Dance Theatre in Seattle and has taught at the college level as an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific and Lesley universities. Gilbert has also choreographed dances for university dance companies and her own studio. In 2000, she developed Brain Dance, a focusing warm-up exercise used in schools, studios and homes around the world. Gilbert is the founder and past president of the Dance Educators Association of Washington, an organization promoting quality dance education in all Washington state K-12 schools.

The new book will be for sale in both the SHAPE America and HK bookstores in Seattle. It is for sale now on the SHAPE America bookstore, or by calling 1-800-321-0789. A downloadable e-book can also be purchased online.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit