Workshop Descriptions

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Students who complete the entire Foundation course of study (with additional requirements of student/professional teaching, curriculum design, interview/paper report or exam) may be eligible for LDI certification.

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (also named Curriculum & Instruction preK-12 Dance-A). This course is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of standards-based dance education and its function across age levels, as well as establishing a conducive environment for dance. The contents of this course include:  structuring discrete standards-based dance lessons as well as integrating dance into comprehensive curricula across subject matter, understanding the elements of dance (H’Doubler and Laban), child development theory vis-à-vis dance and creativity, the role of the teacher and  instructional methods. This course is mandatory for LDI certification.  No prerequisite. $525.  Meets college/university professional standards.  Offered as a semester-long course January 31-May 2, 2017 (cancelled), and as a week-summer intensive July 31-August 4, 2017.

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (also named Curriculum & Instruction preK-12 Dance-B). Continuing where DIDC-A leaves off, this course investigates the role of the teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing standards-based dance curricula in relevant and authentic ways. Participants learn a process for moving students from exploration through improvisation to composition in a manner that allows for maximum exploration, problem posing and solving, and choice making.  In the process, they deepen their understanding of the elements of dance and forming. Course content includes choreographic devices, the principles of design, forms, contemporary learning theories, including constructivism.  This course is mandatory for LDI certification.  Prerequisite DIDC-A.  $525.  Meets college/university professional standards.  DIDC-B  offered as a semester-length course Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm September 5-December 5, 2017.

Curricular Progressions. The most advanced curriculum course offered in arts education, Curricular Progressions explores the meaning of full scope and sequence in dance learning. Participants will investigate the progression of dance learning from unit to unit and year to year. They will study regional, state and national benchmarks for dance learning and develop their own curricular sequence that takes into account student growth and development as well as cross-curricular topic curriculum design. Students deepen their skills of observation, reflection and assessment as they explore issues such as  teaching students with multilevel experience and preparation, school “performance” pressures, teaching expertise and competition for time and space. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DICDC-B. $525, includes Assessment Course. Meets college/university professional standards. Offered August 7-11, 2017 with two follow-up Saturdays in January & May 2018.

Reflective Practice/Assessment. This workshop may be taken at any point in the course of study for those wishing to complete LDI certification.  It is also open to anyone who wishes to become a more reflective dance teaching practitioner. In Reflective Practice, we explore how observation, inquiry and an action researcher’s approach can enhance dance learning for our students and our teaching selves. Typically offered as two half-day workshops, the content of this workshop includes evoking responses from students through multiple modalities, the art of question asking, and how to encourage critical thinking. Teachers are encouraged to reflect on how their curricular choices and teaching methods reflect the goals and values they hold for their students, even as they name and examine their personal assumptions about teaching, learning and dance.  Meets college/university professional standards. $75. Offered 3/14/17, 6:00-8:00pm (cancelled).

Students completing the Foundations course of study are eligible for LDI certification once they have completed the observation, teaching practice and assessment requirements. See Certification for more information.


Summer Institute. Now in its 16th year, Luna’s nationally acclaimed Summer Institute offers the most extensive individualized Professional Learning for dance teaching professionals. Course content includes all found in DIDC-A and builds collegial partnerships to bring dance learning to life. 7 full days in summer, mid-year reunion meeting, year-long coaching and final Gallery Walk are required components. Offered at no cost to 12 individuals through a competitive application process.

Advanced SI/Leadership Institute. SI alumni who have completed DIDC-B have the opportunity to dive into new levels of responsibility, collegiality, mentoring, program design or more. LDI coaches owrk with each participant individually, throughout the year, incorporating emergent common themes into a 4-day seminar held alternate years (12-18 month process). Offered at no cost to 6 participants selected through a competitive application process.

Family Dance Training Institute provides time and space to investigate the relationship-building capacity of dance. Social justice workers, early education teachers, therapists, dance teachers and parents study attachment and play theories, neuroscience and early movement patterns and explore how to create engaging dance curriculum to build trust and connection. No prerequisite. $525. Offered January 4-6, 2018.

Dance & The Brain Mini-Conference. Explore the confluence of play, movement and relationships, and its effect on creativity and well-being in this unique symposium. Neuroscience supports the importance of connections and movement to development and learning. Research on creativity reveals “surprise” findings that align with the benefits of dance education, high correlations between creativity and collaboration, empathy and self-efficacy. Day-length event includes movement workshops, speakers, breakout sessions. Offered regularly every 2-3 years.

Dance Education Forum. 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. Forum themes emerge based on current issues in dance education. Offered regularly every 2-3 years.


Continuing education is offered at Luna through Professional Learning Community activities such as Practitioner Exchanges as well as through topic seminars or advanced workshops. These half- and full-day workshops are taught by Luna Professional Learning faculty and/or guest experts and are open to those who have studied at Luna and those who are new to us as indicated.  Prerequisites and cost vary depending on nature of inquiry. Extension Credits are available for many Luna courses through Mills College’s Dance and Education Departments for a fee. Pre-registration required for all offerings.

Dance & Common Core. Explore the National Core Arts Standards and learn to bravely address the natural affinities of dance and the creative goals of Common Core. At the same time, critically reflect on the effect Common Core standards and assessments are having on your students, co-teachers and school partners. Dance as Arts Integration is designed to complement this workshop. No prerequisite. $100. Offered 9/17/16, 9:30am-12:30pm.

Dance as Arts Integration. When people think of arts integration they rarely consider dance, although they recognize how dance relates to kinesthetic learning. Discover how dance can support your programmatic goals for arts integration and project-based learning. Dance & Common Core is designed to complement this workshop. No prerequisite. $100. Offered 9/17/16, 1:30-4:30pm.

Dance in TK. Both early literacy and early numeracy deal with relationships – and relationships can be explored creatively and playfully through movement. Learn how dance reinforces transitional kindergarten curricular objectives in developmentally-appropriate ways. No prerequisite. $100. Offered 10/1/16, 1-4pm.

Dance & Disability Workshop: Keeping the Bar High. All children can dance. Luna faculty will share evidence-based teaching in public school preK-8 inclusion classrooms, special ed, and community settings. This half-day workshop provides practical methods, including the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, for making your dance teaching more accessible for all learners. Make it a full day of learning and join us for the afternoon Dance & Disability Discourse & Panel. No prerequisite. $100. Offered 10/15/16, 12-3pm.

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. This year’s panelists include Judith Smith of AXIS Dance Company, Eric Kupers of Dandelion Dancetheater, speech pathologist Rebecca Prather, Dr. Emily Nusbaum from USF, infant mental health specialist Rebecca Hawley, and Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival’s Antoine Hunter & Zahna Simon. 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.

How to Communicate the Value of Dance. As dance teachers and advocates we often see and feel the intrinsic benefits of dance firsthand, but are challenged by articulating its value to dance newcomers. Learn how to make creativity and dance learning visible to co-teachers, administrators, and parents with documentation, storytelling, reports, authentic elevator speeches and more. No prerequisite. $75. Offered 11/15/16, 6-8pm.

Dance in Early Childhood Education: Movement, Play & Relationships. This Level 1 full-day workshop explores the use of dance and movement in early childhood and family settings. Participants learn to extend spontaneous dance experiences, facilitate parent-child interactions using dance, integrate dance into emergent curriculum, activate circle time and create stand-alone dance lessons. No prerequisite. $175. Offered 12/10/16, 9:30-4:30pm

Teaching Community through Improvisation. Dance has long brought people together in community. Discover movement improv games, activities and scores that will strengthen partner, small group, and whole group relationships while inspiring individual creative potential. Explore lessons that practice mindfulness, empathy, connection, and collective support through dance. No prerequisite, but prior dance experience recommended. $100. Offered 1/21/17, 1-4pm. NEW DATE 1/22/17 12:30-3:30

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.

Spring Guest Workshop: Barbara Mettler Studios – Group Dance Improvisation. Based on the pioneering work of Barbara Mettler, this two-day workshop investigates principles of free movement expression that build from individual exploration to discovering spontaneous satisfying group forms. Topics will include: sensing movement impulse, organic form, group body movement, the unity of sound and movement. For more information on Mettler-based dance visit: No prerequisite. $265. Offered 2/18-19/17, 9am-4:30pm.

Dance in Early Childhood Education Level 2. This full-day workshop plunges deeper into creating early childhood and family dance curricula that keeps you, the teaching practitioner, engaged. Application of attachment and play theories, developmental neuro patterns, and embodied parent education will build upon material introduced in Dance in ECE Level 1. Prerequisite: Dance in ECE: Movement, Play & Relationships. $175. Offered 3/11/17, 9:30am-4:30pm.

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.  (cancelled)

The Dance Element of Time. Explore and create rigorous dance lessons and units based on the Element of Time. Course examines Laban Time Effort, as well as H’Doubler’s internal and external categories: beat, accent, rhythm pattern, syncopation, meter, measure, pace, pulse, duration. No prerequisite. $100. Offered 10/28/17.

Winter Guest Workshop: Neurocellular Foundations of Movement & Learning. Facilitated by movement therapist & researcher Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. This half-day workshop explores the 8 developmental patterns from pre-birth through age one and gives dance practitioners and parents a new lens into the body-mind connection. No pre-requisite. $110. Offered 2/3/18, 1:00-4:00pm.


Past Workshops have included:

  • Action Research and the Dance Practitioner
  • American Sign Language & Dance (guest facilitator)
  • Attachment theory (guest facilitators)
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals/LMA Introduction
  • Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Creative dance for the child with autism (guest facilitator)
  • Critical pedagogy and dance
  • Exploring the element of Time through “The Break”
  • Motif Notation
  • Proposal Writing
  • Strategic planning for dance education
  • The relationship between technique and creative dance

Class size is limited for all sessions and teachers are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Fees are payable in advance.  Financial assistance may be provided through employer schools and organizations, community foundations who support teacher learning (Google “professional development scholarships for teachers”), or through alliance with Luna’s program models.

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