Gary Reed

Primary Discipline: Dance

Areas of Specialty: Creative Movement, Modern Dance, Musical Theater

Additional Disciplines/Specialties: Musical theater

Based in: Seattle

Phone: 206.723.8311



Gary Reed is a professional dancer and creative movement specialist. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1978 with a BFA in Modern Dance and has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 36 years. Reed began teaching with the NEA's Artist in Schools program in Ohio, South Dakota and California, and has gone on to become a master teacher of creative movement and a teacher mentor for Arts Impact. He is a rostered dance artist with the Washington State Arts Commission and has been teaching dance residencies in Washington for over 30 years. He has also worked with the Very Special Arts Washington, Powerful Arts, Shoreline Arts Council, and Bainbridge Arts and Humanities. Reed has worked with many national and Northwest choreographers. He danced with Co Motion Dance for 19 years in Washington, throughout the United States and in Chongqing, China. He has performed on the 5th Avenue Stage in Seattle and has choreographed numerous musicals.  Reed currently teaches at the Bertschi School, Bainbridge Dance Center and for Arts Impact.

Artist Statement

Watching students dance inspires me.  I enjoy helping them learn to move with intent and expression. I want them to experience how rewarding dance can be. Dance offers a connection to themselves and others that is unique from other mediums of artistic expression. It teaches self and body awareness, self-control, and focus. Dance is a wonderful way to expore and and develop the 21st Century Skills that are so important to every student's growth.  My distinctive strengths as a teacher are my experience and my ability to provide a role model as a male dancer, along with a sense of humor and a keen ability to collaborate with teachers.  I enjoy the challenge of working school curriculum into a creative movement structure, and I bring well planned movement concepts to the classroom so that students are engaged and challenged to try new ideas and learn more about dance, themselves, and the world around them.


Suitable for Grades: K-12

Preferred Grades: K-5, 9-12

Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Math, World Cultures, Other Arts Disciplines

Additional Interests/Experience:

  • Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers
  • Developing 21st Century Skills
  • Working with special needs students

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