Check out our cohort of dance leaders. Luna will work with these professional dance educators through December 2014 to help them move the field forward. We’ll track their progress here.
Check out the NHA 5th graders on this international project of Anna deKeersmaeker http://www.rosasdanstrosas.be/en-videos/
This fall, Congress faces looming decisions around the budget and the debt ceiling, while also working on such big issues as tax and immigration reform and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. Additionally, sequestration was not a once-and-done deal, but part of a 10-year plan to reduce the deficit and this will very much impact appropriations.
As one of the core services offered to members, Dance/USA actively advocates for and lobbies on behalf of the issues that create an impact on the field of dance. Take a look at this link and read a rundown of the issues that Dance/USA will focus on in the coming months as they represent dance groups before the White House, Congress, and Federal agencies.
Dance in schools results in increased test scores, lower drop-out rates, improved morale and positive changes in self-perception. It supports the learning of underserved populations. The National Dance Education Organization has just released a 65-page report reviewing the research on dance education to-date. To read it for yourself, go to www.ndeo.org then click the highlighted title, Evidence: A report on the impact of dance in the K-12 setting. Then, use what you read to advance the field.
Ruth Torres, Maya Luz Gordon, Meg Glaser Teran and Rosemary Robertson spent a day together planning multiple sessions of family dance in three southern California counties: LA, Ventura, Orange. It is a pleasure to be working with them to develop leadership and program planning skills thanks, in part, to a generous donation from the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Make your dance voice heard for the next four years and beyond by signing this petition to the Obama administration. This petition in accordance with the The Child’s Bill of Rights in Dance, compiled by the National Dance Education Organization, requests that all children in the United States of America have as their right, access to quality dance education at all levels of schooling. 99,000 signatures needed by 2/15/13, so please sign now: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ then click on open petitions and filter for the key word “education”.
We are still accepting registration for our Winter Studio Lab classes, though a few classes are already closed. Winter session runs January 21st through May 15th. Curricular progression of composition-based dance for children 5-17. Creative dance offered for children 3 years old and 4 years old and parent-child/waddler toddler classes also available. Check here for full schedule. Contact Jochelle (email@example.com) for more information or specifics about placement.
Once a year, Luna staff creates a wish list of items we could use to make our work easier. Friends have suggested we post it publicly. Click here if you’d like to see this year’s list.
The California Arts Council through its Artists-In-Schools program has consecutively supported Luna with our work in Oakland Unified School District. With Craig Watson as our new CAC director and momentum garnered by the Create the State initiative we’re optimistic about a revival of prioritizing arts education in our state. Meanwhile, as you file your tax return in California there is a simple way you can help fund the arts and bring visibility to the arts in California. Just check off the California Arts Council on your tax return to make a donation. The CAC’s goal is to raise $250,000 this year. For more information go to this web link : http://www.cac.ca.gov/getinvolved/taxcheckoff.php