Happy Birthday Luna!
March 8 marks Luna's 29th birthday, and to celebrate we wanted to give you, our community, some birthday presents! Explore this month's offerings, all free, below. You'll find something to read, to listen to, to dance with, and multiple ways to connect. Party on!

March is also Arts Education Month in California. Consider sharing a story from your teaching on social media as a way to honor the field. Tag Luna and we'll help you share!
Birthday event: The Art is in the Practice
Action Research by Dance Educators
In celebration of Luna’s birthday, we’ve invited the dance educators from Teacher as Creative Practitioner Scholar course to share their action research projects in a free Zoom presentation. Join us as we toast to the inquiry and reflection that pushes our field forward! Featuring projects from Lisbeth Woodington, Michaela Summers, Ashley Rogers, Rosalina Macisco, Erin Walter and Shona Mitchell. Each 15 minute presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.

Monday, March 8
4-6pm Pacific
RSVP & details here
Teaching Dance from a Distance: Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 7.0
It’s become a monthly group conversation with dance teaching artist Sam Stone, experiential arts teacher Christine Atkins, classroom teacher Kristin Burke, and other dance ed colleagues! We’ve been talking about the radical act of self-care, how we as dance educators can model embodied care and connection to sustain despite Zoom fatigue, and how we’re cultivating creativity and joy for ourselves, both in and out of teaching. Bring your own questions and ideas to add to the mix! The conversation is evolving. All welcome to join in.

Thursday, March 18
4:30-6pm Pacific
Free for our birthday month!
RSVP & details here
Free Phone Consultations
Got questions about how to keep dancing and teaching while at home, or in a hybrid classroom? Or about how to advocate for your job while things feel uncertain? Need a pep-talk or moral support as you create new curriculum? Luna's here for you!

Sign up for one of our free phone consults and talk to a Luna faculty member for individualized support! 

Tuesday, March 23
3:30-6pm Pacific 

Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to reserve your 30 minute spot
Listen: Luna's Dance Inquiry Podcast
We're excited to share the first episode of The Dance Inquiry Podcast, a series of conversations between dance educators about what sparks curiosity, creativity and consciousness in their teaching! This inaugural episode invites guests Alisa Rasera and Cindy Miner Kapelke to explore how they're considering access and inclusion, and listening and responding to our students’ needs during COVID. Listen while you're making dinner or taking a walk, and stay tuned for more.
Read: What's in a Conversation?
"When we reflect, we spiral in, nonlinearly, and go deeper. In going deeper, we see a little more of ourselves reflected back to us, we see something we didn’t see before."

As artists we need playful spaces to reflect, collaborate and process. Read Professional Learning Manager Jochelle's recent article on the magical and mysterious container for playful conversation that has evolved in our Zoom Practitioner Exchanges. (And join us this month for a free Exchange!)

Read here.
Move: Self-care through Dance
We made this 6.5 minute dancing for self-care video a year ago, when we first stepped into Shelter in Place, for our partner classroom teachers. We share it with you now because we all need these short movement breaks to reconnect and reground. And as teachers ourselves, it can be relaxing to be led through a movement experience by someone else. Enjoy!
What we're listening to now:
Creatives in Place
Led by Tammy Johnson, the Creatives in Place listening project asks 22 local artists what do creative and cultural communities need in order to continue to be rooted in the Bay Area? Explore the beautiful collection of stories and responses here.
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