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). DIDC-A 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. As Luna’s entry point for all teachers of dance, this first course in our 4-level foundations series covers elements of dance (both H’Doubler and Laban); structuring discrete dance lessons aligned with National Core Arts Standards; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory infants-to-adults; observation and instructional methods. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. No prerequisite. Offered as week-long intensives July 30-August 3, 2018, 9am-5pm and July 29-August 2, 2019, 9am-5pm. Offered as a semester course September 4-November 27, 2018 on Tuesdays 6-9pm. $550 for summer 2018, $565 for fall 2018 & summer 2019. Register

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 or SI. Offered as a week-long intensive August 6-10, 2018, 9am-5pm. $550. Register

Curricular Progressions. Explore the full scope and sequence in dance learning from unit-to-unit, year-to-year. Content includes deepening skills of observation, reflection and critical thinking; action research; assessment; advocacy. Participants learn to teach choreography from phrasing to group forms, using structures and principles of design. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DICDC-B. Offered as a semester course February 12-May 7, 2019, Tuesdays 6-9pm. $565. Register

Reflective Practice. Reflective Practice is a core tenet of Luna’s teaching values and is integrated into all PL workshops. It is offered in alternate years as a discrete half-day workshop. Teachers practice observing clearly, explore the art of the question, and strategize ways to engage students in reflecting on their creative process and products. 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. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite: any prior PL experience at LDI in the prior 3 years. Offered October 23, 6-8:30pm. $75.  Register

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 17th 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 work 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. Offered every 2-3 years.

Family Dance 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. August 6-9, 2019, 9am-5pm. $450. Register

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 every other year.


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.

Early Childhood & Family Dance Workshops

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. September 29, 1-5pm. $125. Register

Dance in Early Childhood Education (ECE): Movement, Play & Relationships. This Level 1 full-day workshop explores the use of creative 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. November 3, 9:50am-5pm, $175 Register

Dance in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Level 2. This full-day workshop plunges deeper into creating early childhood and family dance curricula that keeps you, the teaching practitioner, excited and 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. December 8, 12-4:30pm. $125 Register

Equity & Inclusion Workshops

Dance & Disability Guest Workshop: Pamela Wolfberg & Suzanna Curtis – Autism, Play & Socialization with Peers. Accessing the joy and benefits of inclusive play poses unique challenges for children on the autism spectrum. This half-day workshop introduces the Integrated Play Groups® (IPG) model, an evidence-based practice for guiding children on the autism spectrum to participate with neuro-typical peers in mutually engaging social and imaginary play experiences. Fostering opportunities for socialization and creative expression in the culture of play with peers will be highlighted. Considering that what supports a child with autism supports all children, this workshop is for all educators hoping to improve their inclusive practices. No prerequisite. September 22, 12-3pm. $125. Register 

Guest Workshop: Mary Claire Heffron - Perspectives on Trauma: Opening Space to Explore & Grow. This half-day workshop explores how historical trauma, a one-time traumatic event or dangerous on-going situations can impact emotional and cognitive capacities of children and adults over time. Consider how moments of connection, presence, and engagement can build self-awareness, and create possibilities for healing and resilience. No prerequisite. March 9, 1-5pm. $125. Register

Deepening Practice & the Art of Seeing Workshops

Motivation & Creativity. Examine human motivation theories and their relationship to creativity, culturally relevant dance instruction, and social-emotional learning. Through a critical pedagogy lens, participants discuss intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and consider instructional adaptations that support student autonomy, confidence, and meaning-making. No prerequisite. February 2, 1-5pm. $125 Register

Action Research. Educators and artists can be creative researchers, applying experimentation, observation, and reflection in the studio and classroom. Learn to hone these skills and design inquiry projects that are exciting to you, spark your curiosity, and improve your practice. No prerequisite. March 5, 6-9pm. $75. Register

Evaluation & Assessment. Learn to design creative and effective assessments that support student learning, inform your teaching, and communicate dance learning to stakeholders. Discover ways to integrate observation and reflection throughout your syllabus so that evaluation is not an afterthought, but an exciting opportunity to celebrate student growth. No prerequisite. March 19, 6-9pm. $75. Register

Improvisation & Community. 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. May 18, 1:30-5pm. $125. Register

Guest Intensive: Tina Curran – Language of Dance in Action. Create, perform, respond, and connect with the Language of Dance to develop dance literacy. Explore the Movement Alphabet and integrate Motif symbols into dance experiences to connect physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and aesthetic learning. Deepen your dancing. Transform your creative and teaching practices. Those who successfully complete all course requirements receive the Language of Dance® Foundations— Part 2 Certificate. No prerequisite. June 24-28, 9:30am-4:30pm. $575. Register


Past Workshops (may be offered again):

  • American Sign Language & Dance (guest facilitator)
  • Attachment Theory (guest facilitators)
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Critical Pedagogy and Dance
  • Dance & the Common Core
  • Dance as Arts Integration
  • Exploring the element of Time through “The Break”
  • Proposal Writing & Advocating for What You Need
  • 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 (see our Funding Resources page for ideas), or through alliance with Luna’s program models.

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