Equity & Inclusion

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  • Dance Equity & Inclusion Day – Postponed


    Please note that this event has been postponed to protect our community and per the advisement of the Alameda County Public Health Department, the State of California, the CDC, and Governor Newsom. See here for Luna’s COVID-19 update.

    Join us for a day of learning, questioning, sharing, and dancing about how to make our field more accessible and equitable to all. While this is part of Luna’s everyday practice, and a critical aspect of all our workshops, we are dedicating a full day to immerse intently with community.

    Morning Session 9-11:45am free

    Panel conversation featuring Eddie Madril, Alleluia Panis, Suzanna Curtis, Laura E. Ellis, Sonja Travick, Judith Smith and more
    Breakout discussion groups addressing questions from panelists and participants

    Discover more about panelists here

    Afternoon Session 1-5pm sliding scale

    Afternoon participants must also come to morning session AND have had prior equity training
    Advanced Arts Equity Workshop with Claudia Alick
    Inclusive Dance Jam with Eric Kupers and Bandelion/Dandelion Dancetheater

    Saturday, March 21
    Luna Dance Institute
    All day $20-185 pay what you can
    Morning session FREE


    Workshop Description – Embodying Equity
    This advanced arts equity workshop is an experiential peer learning session led by national leader Claudia Alick. Using an intersectional lens we will be gaining more cultural humility in gender justice, racial justice, and disabled justice. We will identify critical issues Bay Area artists and arts educators need to address in the current climate. How to address and interrupt oppression and injustice when it happens – with students, colleagues, administration, families (of students). How the arts/arts teaching are tools for liberation. How we can identify our own privilege and power, and wield that power to challenge systemic oppression. We will be looking at how systems of oppression have impacted the SF Bay Area historically and reflect on and evaluate the impact of our own practices from a social justice lens. We will grow our vocabulary, and find ways to put our ideas into action.
  • 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. Each month centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are paired with workshop offerings as an opportunity to integrate and revisit information throughout the year. Practitioner Exchanges are facilitated by Summer Institute alumni and veteran dance teachers experienced in the topic addressed. Come to ONE, come to ALL. No prerequisite. Held at Luna Dance Institute, 605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.

    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.

    Topics include:

    Creating Space for Child-centered Work
    September 10

    Embodied Poetics: Writing & Dance
    October 8

    Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
    November 12

    Creating Community through Dance
    December 10

    Aerial Dance & Creativity
    January 14

    Dance & Self-regulation
    February 11

    Dance Integration Across Curricula
    March 10

    Agency & Power in Early Childhood
    April 14

    Cultural Relevancy in Dance
    May 12

    Dancers in Leadership
    June 9

    Luna Dance Institute

    $15-40 sliding scale.
    Free of charge for registered Professional Learning Users (those who have paid the annual $25 fee).

  • Motivation & Creativity – Oct.1, 2019


    Examine human motivation theories and their relationship to creativity, culturally relevant dance instruction, and social-emotional learning. Through a critical pedagogy lens, participants discuss intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and consider instructional adaptations that support student autonomy, confidence, and meaning-making. No prerequisite.

    Those taking Fall 2019 DIDC-B are already registered for this course.

    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.


    Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Luna Dance Institute