Dance & The Brain Conference

Posted on 05/22/15

Luna’s first Dance & The Brain Conference was a great success! Classroom teachers, dance teaching artists, parents, therapists and performers traveled from all parts of California to participate in this unique collaborative learning experience. Ann Law presented body-mind connectivity through a creative experience called What is a Folk Dance? “I didn’t quite know what I expected to get from […]

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New Leadership Cohort launched

Posted on 12/14/13

Building on the success of our first Leadership Institute of 2013-14, Luna launched cohort two with six talented dance educators. Read their biographies and goals today and check back in to note their progress along the way. Luna’s Dance Education Leadership Institute (DELI) is made possible with funding from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

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Professional Development for Educators of Students with Disabilities

Posted on 04/02/13

As a national leader in arts education, Luna has been sharing the most current practices of teaching dance to children of all abilities, as well as Universal Design for Learning principles, to teachers and dance educators for more than a decade.  Currently, under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, […]

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Teacher Profile: Jakey Toor

Posted on 01/09/13

Jakey Toor is an itinerant dance teaching artist, working with the San Francisco Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA).  She teaches weekly dance classes to the entire school population at four sites: Argonne, Longfellow, John Muir and Cesar Chavez elementary schools.  On the average, Jakey teaches six classes per day, meaning that […]

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Parent-child Engagement Through Dance

Posted on 10/18/12

Research on Engagement completed Outcome: Luna has been engaged in an action research on parent-child engagement through dance with researcher, Edward Warburton, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz. Read about the professional development outcomes from our first year in the case study titled, Improving Teaching Practice Through Action Research.  After two years of extensive data […]

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Building Cultures of Dance Southern California

Posted on 01/10/12

Outcomes & Process:  With support from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Trust, Luna has been working with former Summer Institute participants to build cultures of dance in Southern California.  The goals of this process were 1) to leverage the relationships forged through Luna’s SIs to create professional learning communities of dance education in Southern California. […]

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Building Cultures of Dance in Marin City

Posted on 11/02/11

Outcomes & Process: Beginning January 2011, Luna has partnered with ASI alumnae Erica Rose Jeffrey and the Marin City-Sausalito Parent Center to develop a family dance program for the community. Impact: This program will allow Marin County to build capacity for dance teaching for ALL children. Torri Campbell, a dancer and therapist, is learning to teach parent-child classes and will take over the program in 2012. Other professionals have already expressed interest in the training, expanding the dance resources available in the region.

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Teacher Profile: Erica Rose Jeffrey

Posted on 07/29/11

Teacher Profile: Erica Rose Jeffrey
Dance teaching artist, San Francisco Bay Area

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New Highland Academy

Posted on 08/14/10

New Highland Academy is the first public elementary school in the state of California to have articulated, year-long, standards-based dance curriculum for EVERY child. Learn more about this Oakland Unified School District dance miracle!

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Special Needs Inquiry: Inclusive Dance in Oakland

Posted on 08/14/10

Luna’s special needs inquiry team asked “what does creativity look like for children with autism and other special needs?” Five years at Tilden Elementary, a designated inclusion school in Oakland, California, revealed a great deal about bringing standards-based dance to children with and without special needs.

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