Early Childhood and Family Dance

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  • Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood – Fall 2022

    $295.00

    Explore the essential nature of dance and movement for young children in this newly extended six-week course. Investigate early childhood development and neurocellular patterns in an embodied way, and explore how the elements of dance can be used to support young children’s need to move. 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 with student choice and voice at the center. Develop your skills of observation. Learn how to provide access to dance for all students. Step into this whole-self art form to increase joy in your classroom. This course is for all who work with young children. No prerequisite. Designed as a virtual course and taught via Zoom.

    Facilitated by Nancy Ng and Jochelle Pereña, with dance in Special Ed and Inclusion guest teacher Alisa Rasera.

    Limited tuition assistance available for independent dance teaching artists or educators whose administrators do not cover PD. Please contact Jochelle jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org for more information.

    24 September-3 December, 2022
    Every other Saturday
    9:30am-12pm Pacific
    via Zoom

    6 Saturdays:
    24 September
    8 October
    22 October
    5 November
    19 November
    3 December

    This course if full. Please contact jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to be placed on the waitlist.

  • Early Childhood Dance & Math – December 3, 2022

    $175.00

    How does a child’s kinesphere and relationship to self and others relate to Geometry and Measurement? What does Number Sense and Pre-Algebra look like through the embodied movement of the young child? This interactive workshop explores play-based dance activities that support sorting, classifying, adding together/taking away, patterning and spatial awareness through the lens of culturally relevant teaching practice.

    Saturday, December 3, 2022
    1-4pm Pacific

    via Zoom

    Free for OUSD and MCOE teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.

    Having trouble registering? Email Jochelle at jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org

  • Early Childhood Dance & Social Emotional Learning – February 11, 2023

    $175.00
    How does dance intersect with children’s sense of self, and their connection with others? Discover dance activities that support young children’s exploration of self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, interactions and relationships. Taught through a culturally responsive lens, this interactive workshop centers around cultivating belonging, inclusion and community through creative dance play.

    Saturday, February 11, 2023
    1-4pm Pacific

    via Zoom
    $175

    Free for OUSD and MCOE teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.

    Having trouble registering? Email Jochelle at jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org

  • Early Childhood Dance & Science – March 4, 2023

    $175.00

    How do the skills of basic scientific inquiry – observing, comparing and contrasting, and experimenting – relate to dance? How can young children explore the physical sciences (physics), life sciences (biology), and earth sciences through embodied movement? This interactive learning experience will investigate play-based dance activities that engage with children’s curiosity and sense of discovery, and support young learners as they ask questions and figure things out.

    Saturday, March 4, 2023
    1-4pm Pacific

    via Zoom

    Free for OUSD and MCOE teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.

     

  • Practitioner Exchanges – monthly

    From: $15.00

    Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges, and collectively generate new ideas and solution. Each Exchange centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are held online via Zoom, and will investigate different questions in regards to teaching dance from a distance. Practitioner Exchanges are facilitated by Summer Institute alumni. Come to ONE, come to ALL. No prerequisite.

    Practitioner Exchanges are included in the cost of workshops as follow-up discussions. When taken in conjunction with a half-day workshop, PD hours total 4.5-7. Explore descriptions here.

    Topics (more to be posted as new inquiry emerges)

    Restarting & Reimagining
    September 20 

    Curriculum Brainstorm & Share
    October 20

    Engaging Families/Family Dance
    November 17

    Making Dance Visible
    December 6

     

    4:30-6pm
    Luna Dance Institute

    $15-40 sliding scale each.
    OR pay $28 (the Professional Learning fee) and come to as many as you like for a year.
    Paid the $28? Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to let Jochelle know which ones you’ll attend.

    No one turned away for lack of funds – reach out to jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.