There are many different paths to dance teaching and many different settings that require high-quality, professional teaching in the dance discipline. Luna’s Professional Learning Services support dance teachers of all levels and provide for multiple points of entry.

Participants may take most courses offered at Luna for extension credits in either dance or education through Mills College. Upon completion of a course, we will provide you with a form that you complete and submit directly to Mills with their transcript fee.

College students working on a pre-service credential, BA, BFA, MA or MFA may use Luna workshops toward their degree at the discretion of their individual college and university programs. Students at Mills College may register for Dance 253, 254 through the dance department and take a course with Patricia Reedy that covers the same foundational material as Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A and B. Others may receive credit through independent study classes in their programs.

Luna Dance Institute strongly supports the reinstatement and development of the California Teaching Credential in Dance for those who wish to teach standards-based dance classes within a public school system. Currently, dance teachers who wish to serve at the public school level must complete requirements for a general BA degree, the general multi-subject credential requirements and 32 college units of dance instruction. (We are aligning our courses with these 32 units to maximize opportunities to receive “high quality” instruction. The preceding paragraph describes the current options.)

Meanwhile, regardless of state-sanctioned credential or college degree, we at Luna believe that all students deserve teaching of the highest quality and all teachers deserve opportunities for continued professional growth. Teachers should be recognized for their mastery of subject matter, pedagogy, experience and commitment to continuing education in certification, pay and benefits. To that end, we offer a Certificate of Study-Foundations of Dance Teaching, effective 2010.

The purpose of this certification is to recognize completion of a rigorous course of study in dance teaching and learning.  This certificate does not replace a state teaching credential and is instead meant to acknowledge a level of proficiency that may in some cases exceed the requirements for a credential and may/may not represent equivalency.

Certification by Luna requires approximately 235 hours of combined theory and practice as outlined below. The full course of study prepares teachers in accordance to INTASC principles (Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium) and the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. We accept a limited number of applicants to the certificate program each year. Course completion is expected within 2 or 2 1/2 years of acceptance.

To apply:  After sampling one of Luna’s professional workshops or activities, professionals may apply for certification by sending a letter of intent to preedy@lunadanceinstitute.org.  Teachers who have taken workshops in the past from Luna may receive complete or partial credit, depending on the length of study at the time that course was offered; transcripts will be analyzed at the time of acceptance.

Following completion of the certificate, teachers will be able to:

  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Create and maintain effective environments for student learning
  • Understand dance content and organize it appropriately for student understanding
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students
  • Assess student learning in dance
  • Reflect on professional practice and plan to develop with colleagues.

Certificate holders will

  • Understand the elements of dance and use them to create dance curricula
  • Understand child development, learning theories and critical pedagogy
  • Understand how to meet state and national standards for dance
  • Understand the difference between dance as a discrete subject matter and dance as arts integration, the importance and function of each
  • Understand various aspects of Forming:  choreographic devices, principles of design, structures and forms
  • Understand the Create, Perform, Respond framework and create curriculum within it
  • Create sequences of dance lessons from unit-to-unit, semester-to-semester, year-to-year
  • Assess student learning and teaching practice
  • Be able to articulate the value of dance and document their students’ learning
  • Learn how to observe dance with increased accuracy and have completed 25 hours of independent observation
  • Practiced teaching dance to children, being observed and supervised by others (40 hours teaching)


    • Completion of Foundations course of study
    • Completion of Assessment course
    • Completion of Reflective Practice course and participation in two gallery walks
    • Completion of 4 elective courses from approved list
    • 25 hours of observation, recorded
    • 40 hours of practice teaching, recorded
    • 50 hours of dance participation courses, documented
    • Final paper/exam/syllabus/demonstration
    • Documentation: At program completion, all certificate fellows are expected to complete a portfolio documenting their own learning and that of their students.  Portfolio may include lesson and unit plans, photographs, videotape and DVD of student performance, reflective writings and a final summative evaluation narrative.

Electives Can take from any of the following at Luna or elsewhere where indicated with *

*Action research
*Universal design for learning
*Teaching children with special needs
*Attachment theory
*Laban movement analysis
*Bartenieff fundamentals
Teaching parent-child dance
Dance in Early Childhood
*Brain Dance
*Motif writing
*Independent research for NDEO conference presentations
*Brain development
Indepth elements of dance
Authentic performances
*Dance history
Documenting Student Learning in Dance
Advanced Summer Institute
Others with permission

Cost:  $4,000 (prior workshop payments may be applied)