Activities (PLC)

Luna offers many opportunities for dance teaching artists to break isolation and participate in an evolving Professional Learning Community of dance artists and educators.  PLC activities allow artist’s important work to shine and be supported by peers and colleagues. Each year begins with a LAUNCH open house event, then throughout the year Tuesdays are THE day for dance teachers to visit our library or participate in something meaningful.  For details about dates and times, please view our current calendar.

TUESDAYS AT LUNA

Our resource library will be open every Tuesday from 4-6pm.  Those who have taken workshops with Luna, and have paid the annual $25 PL user fee, may have check-out privileges, as well as use the library as a space to plan classes. FREE

Free consultations are offered the last Tuesday of each month August through May. Professionals can make an appointment for a telephone or in-person consult with Luna PL faculty, scheduled in half-hour increments between 3:30-6:30. Staff is on hand  to listen, advise, refer, excite and incite. Reserve your space by emailing Nia (nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org)

Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges. Each month centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are paired with workshop offerings as an opportunity to integrate and revisit information throughout the year. Practitioner Exchanges are soft facilitated by Summer Institute alumni and veteran dance teachers experienced in the topic addressed. Come to ONE, come to ALL. No prerequisite.

Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm. RSVP. $15-40 sliding scale. Free of charge for registered Professional Learning Users (those who have paid the annual $25 fee).

Topics:

October 11, 2016 Advocacy, Politics & Policy

November 8, 2016 Dance throughout the Curriculum

December 10, 2016 Dance in Middle & High School

January 10, 2017 Enliven Dance in ECE

February 14, 2017 Embodied Parent Education

March 14, 2017 Disability Awareness & Inclusion Practices

April 11, 2017 Dance as Community Building

May 9, 2017 Cross-cultural Dance

Register here

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LDI seeks ways to connect the learning of young dance-makers with the rich resources of the SFBA choreography community, as well as bring dance educators from the 9 county SFBA together.

Launch your school year with friends and colleagues!  The first Tuesday in September, from 5-7pm Luna hosts an open house cocktail hour for dance teaching artists, SI and ASI veterans, and other educators who care about dance to come and toast the new school year, together. FREE.

Dance & Disability Discourse. Engage in dialogue about teaching dance to students with disabilities. Luna invites a distinguished panel of guest experts to lead this critical conversation. Make it a full day of learning and join us for the morning Dance & Disability workshop. No prerequisite. FREE. Offered 10/15/16, 3-5pm.

Equity in Dance Panel. The Bay Area is considered one of the nation’s most diverse regions, both culturally and artistically. Join local artists, educators and social justice leaders in this discussion about race, power and privilege in dance, and how we can make our teaching more inclusive and equitable. No prerequisite. FREE. Offered 2/4/17, 3-5pm.

CPR Safety Course. Become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through the American Heart Association, allowing you to teach safely in any setting. $110. Offered 6/3/17, 1-4pm. 

San Francisco Bay Area Dance Education Forums are held every other year. This community roundtable brings together artists and educators to discuss and share the promises and pitfalls of creating, developing and sustaining high quality dance education practices. No prerequisite. FREE.

20 Points of View is an event held annually in the Spring.  Individuals, groups of children, adults and families are invited to come to Luna for FREE and watch choreographers in the process of making art.  Last year’s professionals brought ideas to improvise with, full “dress rehearsal” run-throughs, process rehearsal with clarity points, interactive audience participation and video/lecture. If you’d like to participate either as an artist or by bringing your students, contact Heather (hstockton@lunadanceinstitute.org).

CHOREOFUND.  LDI explores audience development and democracy in action by bringing parents, teachers and our local community to witness choreographers pitch a show.  Six dance makers make a brief  live or video pitches and one walks away with funds  to help complete the work.  Audience gets to see a wide range of dance art in a cozy, community-based setting.  CHOREOFUND is hosted twice a year, in early December and early June. If you’re interested in presenting as an artist, or being an audience funder, contact Jochelle (jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org).  Applications accepted one-month prior to event.

All programs are located at our West Berkeley location.