Staff Bios

Patricia Reedy is the Director of Teaching & Learning of Luna Dance Institute. Since founding Luna in 1992, Reedy’s roles in the organization have included: designing all program components; writing and implementing professional development (PD) curriculum; developing staff; providing consultation & coaching to PD and community clients; directing program evaluation, assessment and research and direct teaching. Reedy has been a dancer, choreographer, educator and performer her entire life. She founded her own dance company in 1994. Reedy was on the dance faculty at the University of California-Berkeley for five years and currently serves on the Mills College Dance faculty. For 30 years, she has worked directly with youth in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings. Reedy won the 2008 Outstanding Educator award given by the National Dance Education Organization and won their first award for dance mentorship in 2003. She received her MA in Creativity and Education from Mills college and authored Body, Mind & Spirit IN ACTION: a teacher’s guide to creative dance ©2003. preedy@lunadanceinstitute.org
Nancy Ng is the Director of Community Engagement of Luna Dance Institute and serves on the faculty of the Professional Learning Component. She was co-creator of Luna’s MPACT program and currently manages it as she develops interns and other professionals to expand the work into their own communities. Ng has worked as a performing artist, choreographer and educator for her entire life, including a long tenure as choreographer, performer and administrator for Asian American Dance Performances. She received her teaching credential from San Francisco State University and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College. In addition to her many accomplishments and awards for her work at Luna Dance Institute, Ng received recognition as an artist by the California Arts Council and received the first national award for mentorship from the National Dance Education Organization in 2003. nng@lunadanceinstitute.org
Alisa Rasera coordinates Luna’s Summer Institutes and other activities of the Professional Learning Component. She also teaches and heads the as Middle School Inquiry team. With Sullivan, Rasera also leads the Special Needs Inquiry team. She began teaching at Luna in 2007, following 8 years with Oakland’s Physically Integrated, AXIS Dance Company. Rasera worked at AXIS in the roles of Dancer/Performer, Education Director, Teaching Artist, and choreographer. She has also created a small repertoire of her own choreography that has often gravitated toward the musical theater genre. Rasera holds a BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University. arasera@lunadanceinstitute.org
 
 
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Deborah Karp brings her passion for movement investigation, creative somatic inquiry and love of community-building through dance to her work as a teaching artist, choreographer and performer. She has taught with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in MotionÒSan Francisco Ballet’s Dance In Schools and Communities program, University of San Francisco and in Honduras with Arte Acción. Her choreography has been presented in theaters and site-specific locations throughout New York City and the Bay Area. Deborah was a seven-year member of the Nancy Meehan Dance Company and has also performed the work of Susan Rethorst and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, among others. Her article Choreographer in the Classroom: At the Intersection of Dance and Academic Curriculum, was published in In Dance in May of 2013. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan and joins Luna Dance Institute as a teaching artist in the MPACT, SCA and Studio Lab programs. dkarp@lunadanceinstitute.org
Jochelle Pereña hails from Vashon Island, Washington where she grew up watching the choreography of birds in flight and forests in windstorms.  She has trained in the studios of Seattle, the farmlands of the Lost Coast, the nightclubs of West Africa, and more formally at Laban, London (Professional Diploma in Dance Studies, 2005), and at Mills College, Oakland (MFA in Choreography and Performance, 2011).  A choreographer, dancer and educator, she has performed and presented works internationally and has taught dance, drama and performing arts education to children and adults at Cornish College of the Arts, Mills College, Laban, Artis, and West County Community High School.  Jochelle joins Luna as a teaching artist in the SCA and Studio Lab programs, and as Studio Manager.  jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org
 
  Cherie Hill is a teaching artist in Luna’s SCA, MPACT, and Studio Lab programs. She is a long-time lover of dance and has taught dance to children in the Bay Area since 2005. She received her BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley where she performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance Company and won numerous awards for her choreography and research. She has published dance research in journals and presented at conferences. She serves as a Co-Vice President for the Sacred Dance Guild, and is a research assistant for Hip-Hop legend, Rennie Harris. Cherie holds an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder & graduate certificates in Somatics and Women and Gender Studies. chill@lunadanceinstitute.org
 Photo by Shamim Pakzad  Katherine McGinity is a fundraiser for Luna and teaching artist for our SCA and Studio programs. She works with the Director of Community Engagement to modernize our individual solicitation campaigns, improve record keeping and enhance community relations. Katherine’s love of dance began as a teen and developed into a career as a professional ballet dancer for Eugene Ballet, State Street Ballet and Inland Pacific Ballet, as well as opera and musical theater companies. She is passionate about dance education and has taught all ages for 20 years. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Katherine has presented her own work and performs with The Thick Rich Ones and inkBoat. Her involvement with the Bay Area dance community also includes project management, arts outreach, company management and technical theater work. Katherine holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in Dance from Mills College and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. kmcginity@lunadanceinstitute.org