Early Childhood and Family Dance

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  • 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.

    Teaching Dance from a Distance topics include (more to be posted soon):

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 2.0
    September 15

    Flexibility, Complicity & Integrity
    September 24

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 3.0
    October 13

    Special Education & Inclusion
    October 20

    Dance in Early Childhood
    November 10

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 4.0
    November 12

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 5.0
    December 3

    Engaging Families & Family Dance
    December 10

    High School & Teens
    January 19

    Engaging Families & Family Dance 2.0
    February 9, 4-5:30pm

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 6.0
    February 16

    Sustaining the Uncertain, Planning & Self-care 7.0
    March 18 free for Luna’s birthday month

    Engaging Families & Family Dance 3.0
    April 13, 4-5:30pm

    Hybrid Dance Teaching
    April 20

    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 2021 dates

  • Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood – Spring 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 special dance and disability guest Alisa Rasera on March 6.

    We are able to make this course available at this lowered cost with the support of private and public foundations. If you need additional financial assistance please contact Jochelle, jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.

    20 February-27 March, 2021
    Saturdays, 9:30am-12pm Pacific
    via Zoom

  • Dance in TK – Sept. 28, 2019


    Both early literacy and early numeracy deal with relationships – and relationships can be explored creatively and playfully through movement. Learn how dance reinforces transitional kindergarten curricular objectives in developmentally-appropriate ways. No prerequisite.

    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 2021 dates

  • First Dances: an interplay between Body-Mind Centering® & teaching family dance – May 1, 2021


    Join us for an exciting panel conversation exploring how dance educators around the globe integrate and source inspiration from Body-Mind Centering® and the neurocellular developmental patterns in their family dance teaching practice.

    Panelists include Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body-Mind Centering®, US), Nancy Ng (Luna’s MPACT program, US), Jochelle Pereña (Luna’s Professional Learning program, US/Canada), family dance practitioner Rossana Alves (Brazil/US), and Anka Sedlačková (Babyfit, Slovakia). 

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    10:30am-12pm Pacific
    via Zoom

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