Make sure to read our Advocacy posts below and join us in supporting arts in California.
Make sure to read our Advocacy posts below and join us in supporting arts in California.
We are honored to welcome this dynamic group of artists, activists and educators to engage in a conversation around equity in dance, facilitated by Luna’s Director of Creativity & Policy, Nancy Ng.
All are welcome to join in this free special event, February 23rd, 2:30-5pm. More information here.
Gerald Casel is a San Francisco based dance artist and Artistic Director of GERALDCASELDANCE. His work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. He is an Associate Professor of Dance and is the Associate Chair of the Department of Theater Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz. Casel received a Bessie award for dancing in the companies of Michael Clark, Stephen Petronio, Zvi Gotheiner, and Stanley Love. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he holds an MFA from UW-Milwaukee. Recent performance projects include collaborations with Na-ye Kim + Peiling Kao, Keith Hennessy, and Netta Yerushalmy. Casel leads a Community Engagement Residency entitled Dancing Around Race, a process that interrogates racial inequity in the San Francisco Bay Area. This summer, he and his students will return to Camping at Centre National de la Danse in Paris. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.
Zaynah Islam is a beautiful 14 year old who attends San Leandro High. She began dancing with Dimensions Dance Theater‘s Rites of Passage program seven (7) years ago because she needed an extra activity to have fun and learn new things. Zaynah also has a family connection with the company, so it wasn’t very hard to find. The Rites of Passage program and Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble has enabled her to become a more positive and confident person, and her dance family encourages her to push beyond my comfort zone to spur her growth in dance and in life in general. Through the program she has traveled to central and southern California to study dance in addition to working as a teaching assistant for senior instructors.
Tammy Johnson is a dancer, writer, and equity analyst living in Oakland, California. As a highly visible and effective community organizer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tammy directed campaigns on economic justice, electoral reform and public education. Tammy’s gift for strategy development and ability to nurture strong relationships with groups on the ground led to a decade at Race Forward, spent advancing racial justice at as a national organizer, trainer, writer, policy analyst and public speaker. Johnson is a principle partner of Art/Work Practice, a firm that advances cultural strategies with a through an equity-based approach.
Specializing in Egyptian style bellydancing, Johnson was the 2016 recipient of Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency Program. She is currently the director of Project Aiwa which produces performances, workshops and community-based collaborations.
Cuauhtémoc Peranda, (Mexica/Aztec & Mescalero Apache), M.F.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Critical Dance Studies program at the University of California, Riverside. He is a Benjamin E. Mays Mellon Fellow and a recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship. He has had the honor of presenting his award winning research on Vogue/Voguing at the Queer People of Color Regional Conference at the University of California, Davis, and the Queer Yo’ Mind Conference at San Francisco State University. In 2009, he studied under Dr. Ramón Rivera-Servera, Ph.D. at Northwestern University, through the competitive Research Opportunities Program Fellowship, and he graduated in 2010, with Honors, from Stanford University with a B.A. Degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. While training at Mills College for his M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance, he established his art & dance company: Mitote Choreographics.
Peranda’s artistic and academic interests examine Contemporary Dance’s decolonial possibilities by ways of the imbedded Native American dance protocols; additionally, he explores Queer & Quare Fierceness in Voguing as a tool for gender and identity resistance, and a vehicle for healing and preventing suicide. His dance work has been presented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Cambridge, London, Germany, and he has traveled through the United States, Canada and Mexico as a performer. His writings on decolonial dance practices will be published in the forthcoming Queer Chicana/o Xicana/o Spiritualities Anthology.
Judith Smith, Founder and former Artistic Director of AXIS Dance Company, has earned an international reputation in the field of physically integrated dance. She has commissioned works by some of the nation’s best choreographers and composers and has developed one of the field’s most extensive integrated dance education/outreach programs. Judith has performed, taught and lectured nationally. She was honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement in 2014, the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award in 2015 and in 2016 she was honored as one of Theatre Bay Area’s 40 people that have changed the face of Bay Area theatre.
Dr. Albirda Rose received her Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco; MA from Mills College in Dance; BS in Physical Education (Dance Emphasis), Minor in Drama from Hayward State; and Masters in Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, American Baptist Seminary of the West. Her roles are many yet all related: Educator, Choreographer, Performer, Writer, Mother, Minister, and Mentor to many in the Bay Area both in the Arts and in Ministry. Dr. Rose’s passion for working with children has given her the platform to continue teaching dance at the same time performing her ministry, as well as helping young people develop into productive contributors to society. Her other passion is preaching the Gospel particularly to those who are in Care Facilities with limited mobility. She is a Faculty Emeritus of the School of Music and Dance, at San Francisco State University, where she taught for 38 years.
As a professor, Dr. Rose has developed and implemented curriculum in dance specifically in the area of K-12 dance education. She also worked with the state of California in the development of the Physical Education standards for credentialing Dance Teachers. She worked closely with Miss Katherine Dunham for 25 years on the standards and criteria for becoming a certified Dunham Instructor. She is the founding director of The Institute of Dunham Technique Certification, granted the title in 2000 by Miss Katherine Dunham, as well as the title of Certified Master Instructor.
Latanya d. Tigner has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater since 1986, and has studied and toured nationally and internationally, performing multidisciplinary works rooted African diasporic dance forms. Latanya holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance, a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, directs Dimensions’ youth company, and teaches dance at UC Berkeley and Contra Costa College. Latanya has created commissioned works for Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Choreographers Festival, Robert Moses’ Kin, Mills College, and has presented work in SF Ethnic Dance Festival, Cuba Caribe, and Mabina Dance Festival (Congo-Brazzaville). She has also set choreography for Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey, SF Shakespeare’s production of A Winter’s Tale, Ubuntu Theater’s production of Dance of the Holy Ghost, Delina Brooks’ An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers, Contra Costa College’s productions of In the Blood, For Colored Girls, and Godspell, and Li Smith’s production of Purlie Victorious. Latanya also holds the position of Co-Artistic Director of World Arts West’s esteemed San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival along with Mahealani Uchiyama and Patrick Makuakane for the 2018-2020 seasons. Recently, Latanya was named Resident Artist at Mills College’s Lisser Hall. Photo by Edward Miller Photography.
Summer provides a kind of spaciousness that supports experimentation & new learning. Luna’s summer intensives lets artist educators really immerse themselves into the content, build community with peers, spark creative energy, and develop teaching material to help launch the new year.
This summer Luna offers the following multi-day learning opportunities:
Language of Dance in Action – Explore the Movement Alphabet and integrate Motif symbols into dance experiences to connect physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and aesthetic learning. Taught by Tina Curran. June 24-28.
Summer Institute – a year-long professional development experience beginning with a week-long workshop, free for those selected through an application process. July 15-20.
Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula – A – our Intro to Dance Teaching, this first course in our Foundations Series offers a comprehensive overview of standards-based dance education. July 29 – August 2.
Family Dance Institute – investigate Luna’s relationship-based approach to teaching Family Dance, developed through our Moving Parents & Children Together (MPACT) and Studio Lab programs. August 6-9.
Did you miss our annual October Dance & Disability Panel? We’ve compiled a resource page, with notes and transcription from the panel conversation, resources shared by panelists, and a reflection by Luna’s Director of Creativity & Pedagogy, Patricia Reedy.
Read more here.
We love sharing our beautiful, airy studio with our dance community. Are you looking for a spot for your rehearsals or workshops? Luna’s studio may be for you! We are specifically looking for long-term rental partners who are interested in making art in a Berkeley home. For more information, please visit here.
Registration for our winter/spring session for school-age dancers is now open.
For questions, please call 510-883-1118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Early Childhood dance classes are now open.
This winter/spring we are offering a waddler/toddler, 3’s, and 4-5’s classes!
Join us today!
Each year Luna hosts 2-3 innovative & inspiring guest teachers to lead workshops addressing relevant topics in our field. This year, we are honored to welcome Dr. Mary Claire Heffron, who will lead a March 9 workshop on Perspectives on Trauma: Opening Space to Explore & Grow, and Dr. Tina Curran, who will bring a Language of Dance in Action Intensive June 24-28. Join us in learning from these experts!
Dr. Mary Claire Heffron is the former Clinical Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital-Oakland. In that position she directed the Irving B. Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program and other consultation, training programs, and internships in the Early Intervention Service Program. Author of numerous articles and chapters on aspects of early mental health services and program development, Dr. Heffron is the co-author of a widely used book on reflective supervision and leadership for infant and early childhood programs. Currently Dr. Heffron provides consultation and training to a variety of programs and provides psychotherapy in a small private practice where she works with divorcing parents and others who have experienced trauma or loss. Dr. Heffron is a founding member of the California Association for Infant Mental Health and is also involved in other program and policy development efforts. She presents frequently on the importance of multidisciplinary systems of care for infants, young children and families. Additional interests include the impact of culture on development and intervention,building resilience after traumatic events, relationship-based intervention approaches, and the support and development of clinicians and providers from many systems working with infants, young children, and their families to promote healthy relationships and healing after adversity.
Tina Curran, MFA, Ph.D is the Director of the BFA Dance: Dance Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Theater and Dance. She oversees the preparation and professional mentorship of students pursuing their Texas dance teacher certification, acts as a liaison with the College of Education, and oversees educational initiatives within the program and in the dance education community. Her areas of research explore dance literacy, living dance legacy, and teacher preparation and professional development. Dr. Curran is a cofounder, with Ann Hutchinson Guest, of the Language of Dance Center (USA). She conducts LOD certification courses and workshops nationally and internationally. She is a faculty member of the Dance Education Laboratory at the Harkness Dance Center in New York City where she offered courses in the Language of Dance, Dancing History/Living Legacy, topics in dance pedagogy, and transformational teaching.