Staying connected

Friends, we're thinking about you! And we wanted to let you know that we're offering Professional Learning services and resources during this time of social distancing. Please scroll below for online, virtual, and phone offerings.

We 're curious too -  how can we support you as dance educators right now ? What questions do you have, and what kind of services are you longing for?

With the current atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust, and the bombardment of messages, we encourage you to spend a little time dancing every day. Dancing can reground us in our intuitive bodies and remind us that we are creative, flexible, resilient beings who can discover new ways to operate. Join us on Twitter for a daily dance prompt!

With heart,
Luna
Free Phone Consultations

Got questions about how to keep dancing and teaching while at home? Or about how to advocate for your job while things feel uncertain? Need a pep-talk or moral support? Luna's here for you!

Sign up for one of our free phone consults!

Tuesday, March 24
3:30-6pm Pacific 

Email PL@lunadanceinstitute.org to reserve your 30 minute spot

Practitioner Exchanges are continuing - virtually!

Connect with other dance educators in community conversation, from your home! We are currently planning a free Practitioner Exchange on Teaching Dance from a Distance - stay tuned! Here are details about our April topic.

Agency & Power in Early Childhood
How do we as educators introduce ideas of consent, power, and agency? How can introducing these ideas in Early Childhood benefit not only the child but the community at large? Join dance educator & early childhood specialist Aiano Nakagawa as she discusses how dance can provide opportunities for young children to learn boundaries, practice consent, build empathy, and exercise power in non-violent and non-oppressive ways. Bring your questions and expertise to this casual conversation. All welcome.

This annual conversation inspired Aiano to write an article for In Dance - read it here!

Tuesday, April 14
4:30-6pm Pacific 
$15-40
Email PL@lunadanceinstitute.org to sign up & receive video conferencing link

Perfect/Imperfect Lessons
Video Series

Ever wonder how children react to a creative dance lesson you've thought about or experienced as an adult at a Luna workshop? Watch a Luna teaching artist lead a class through exploration, improvisation, composition, performance, and response, and hear her reflect on the process as she sparks the creative rigor of these choreographers-in-the-making. Follow along with the accompanying lesson plan.

2 lessons are currently available for $1.29 each, which includes 1 week of video viewing plus a downloadable lesson plan with teaching tips.

Lesson 1: Energy Vocabulary
Lesson 2: Directional Scales

Body, Mind & Spirit in Action 
ebook

Now is a wonderful time to reflect on your own teaching methods and philosophy, and to source new curricular ideas. Body, Mind & Spirit in Action, by Patricia Reedy, Luna's founder & Director of Creativity & Pedagogy, can help guide you! 

Written with you, the practitioner, in mind, this handbook includes:
  • Reflective exercises 
  • Content ideas from artists and teachers like you
  • Theoretical rationale
  • Structures for preparing lessons, units and assessments
  • Resources
Order your ebook copy at $34 today!

Luna faculty at our recent gala
Read Luna's Research 
& Dance Writing

Did you know Luna teaching artists are writers too? We write as part of our own inquiry, investigation and reflective process, and as way to advocate for dance education for all. Check out some of our informal and formal articles below and see how they spark your own inquiry:





More articles can always be found on our Research & Inquiry and Blog pages.

Online Resources for Dance Educators during COVID-19

Teaching artists, dance educators, and dance leaders are offering so many tools to help us stay connected and creative right now. Luna's Online Resource Page shares some produced by Luna, our alumni, and our community partners and teachers. This list is not exhaustive! We know you may be bombarded with so much through email and social media, and so we're curating this collection with our Luna dance educator community in mind. Check it out!
Dance Storytime Video
Dance Storytime - Where the Wild Things Are
Dance Storytime - Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

Jochelle Pereña, our Professional Learning Manager, offers you this 14 minute Dance Storytime video, reading and exploring the dance elements of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Join in with your family for a dance break, let her lead your kids so that you can get a break, or share with the children and families you teach. Enjoy!
Questions? Email PL@lunadanceinstitute.org.
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