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!
Registration for our winter/spring session for school-age dancers is now open.
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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!
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.
Did you miss our Practitioner Exchanges this fall? Find out what was discussed in these informal peer-to-peer conversations led by Summer Institute alumni by reading these blog posts:
Prompting Children’s Reflections by guest facilitator & Memphis dance educator Mandy Possel
Policing & Releasing the Body by guest facilitator & NY-based dance educator Emily Ban
Nature-based Dance Curriculum by guest facilitator & California dance educator Eden Flynn
Thanks to your generosity, on #GivingTuesday we raised $2,225 for our Early Childhood Dance Education programs. Through your donation to Luna, you give children an experience that helps create a solid foundation for them to thrive throughout life. We appreciate your partnership in our mission to bring creativity, equity, and community to every child’s life through the art of dance. We cannot do our work without you!
Did you miss #GivingTuesday? There is still time to make a charitable gift in 2018! Please visit here.
Our afternoon and Saturday classes are designed to nurture the choreographer in every child. The progression of dance classes emphasize creativity, moving, discovery, expressing oneself in performance. Entrance points at all age levels. View the schedule and register today, or contact Aiano for more information (email@example.com).
Are you eager to share your teaching methods with others? Are you currently leading professional development or eager to start? Are you tired of having to figure everything out yourself? Luna is launching a brand new project for Los Angeles County dance educators & teaching artists who are ready to step into leadership and share their expertise with other educators. Learn to create pedagogy for your dance ed peers that aligns with your dance genre, teaching style, and personal values, and also helps to prepare future dance teachers for standards-based instruction in California. This 3-month immersive professional development is free to selected participants through an application process. Applications due 12/10. Find out more here.
Thank you to those who joined us for our Dance Education Forum: Focus on Equity February 24th. Want to see how the conversation evolved? Check out our follow-up page with notes, questions and resources generated at the Forum. Join us for our next conversation addressing equity April 10th, 4:30-6pm at our Practitioner Exchange on Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity.Dance-Ed-Forum-postcard-front