Early Childhood and Family Dance

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  • Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood – Fall 2021


    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 October 21.

    18 September-30 October, 2021
    Saturdays, 9:30am-12pm Pacific
    no class 9 October
    via Zoom

    Free for OUSD teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.
  • Dance & the Preschool Learning Foundations – Science – December 11, 2021


    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, December 11, 2021
    9:30am-12pm Pacific

    via Zoom

    Free for OUSD teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.
    This workshop is currently full. Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to be placed on the waitlist.


  • Dance & the Preschool Learning Foundations – Math – April 23, 2022


    A creative and embodied day exploring the integration of dance and The Preschool Learning Foundations in math.

    Saturday, April 23, 2022
    via Zoom
    $90 for one, $150 for both
    come to either or both!

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


    Integrating  Dance & Math (Part One)
    9:30-11:15am Pacific

    How does a child’s kinesphere and relationship to self and others relate to Geometry and Measurement? This interactive learning experience will explore the developmental neuro-patterns, and spatial awareness through dance.

    Integrating  Dance & Math (Part Two)
    1-2:45pm Pacific

    What does Number Sense and Pre-Algebra look like through the embodied movement of the young child? This interactive learning experience will explore play-based dance activities that support sorting, classifying, adding together/taking away, and patterning through the lens of culturally relevant teaching practice.


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

  • 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)

    Re-Launching In-person Teaching
    September 23 

    Dance in Special Ed & Inclusion
    October 12

    Family Dance & Engaging Families
    November 16 4-5:30pm Pacific

    Dance & Music
    December 7

    Family Dance & Engaging Families 2.0
    April 12 4-5:30pm Pacific

    Luna Dance Institute

    $15-40 sliding scale each.
    OR pay $25 (the Professional Learning fee) and come to as many as you like for a year.
    Paid the $25? 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.


  • Dance in ECE Level 2


    This workshop stretches further 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 or Dance in TK.

    10% Professional Discounts available for this course for Dancers’ Group/CDEA/NDEO members. 50% off for current full-time students. Please contact 510.883.1118.

    Stay tuned for 2022 dates

  • Ask a Fellow LIVE!


    Ask a Fellow is an open, informal exchange where Luna’s teaching artist fellows practice sharing their experience, inquiry, and expertise and the larger community of practitioners has a place to ask questions small and large. Everything you wanted to know about teaching dance but were afraid to ask!

    Do you have a question about family dance, inclusive teaching practice, responsive teaching, or any other aspect of dance teaching? Are you curious about something in dance education, but don’t have a fully formed question? That’s okay! Bring your questions to Ask a Fellow LIVE!, a live free Zoom panel conversation with our fellows addressing your inquiries. Or submit questions in advance, below. After the panel, fellows will respond to questions in audio, video, and written formats, so keep them coming!

    More info about Ask a Fellow here.

    February 14, 2022
    4-5pm Pacific
    via Zoom

    Questions or trouble registering? Email Jochelle at jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org