Teaching artists, dance educators, and dance leaders are sharing so many tools to help us stay connected and creative right now. Here are some produced by Luna, our alumni, and our community partners and teachers. This list is not exhaustive! We know you may be bombarded with so much through email and social media, and so we are curating this collection with our Luna dance educator community in mind. However, if you’d like to share a resource that is helping you, please share by emailing Jochelle, email@example.com. We’ll be updating regularly.
Luna’s Professional Learning Resources
You can still access professional development with Luna!
And, we’re curious – how can we support you as dance educators right now? What questions do you have, and what kind of services are you longing for? Please take our super-short survey.
Dance Teaching/Arts Education Resources
Summer Institute Alumni Videos
Several of our SI alumni are sharing videos of themselves leading dance activities for children and families from home! Join in – or give yourself a break and let your kids be led by these amazing teachers.
Note: Some of these videos were created for specific class communities, as you might notice from the prompts, but these teachers are generously sharing them with all of us!
California Alliance for Arts Education
California Alliance for Arts Education is hosting free and low cost Local Advocacy Webinar Series, with topics including: Student Role & Participation in Advocacy, Arts Providers & Teaching Artists in a New Paradigm, Creative Action Planning, Importance of Local Advocacy in School Board Races, Rural Arts Education Strategies, the Arts and Special Education, and more. See here for details.
IADMS’s new initiative Helping Dancers Help Themselves provides webinars, live panels and other resources addressing dancer mental health, safe dance practice and more through COVID-19.
Online Classes, Performances, Video Archives & Dance-Making
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
One of Luna’s guest facilitators and local dance leader pioneer of Body-Mind Centering, Bonnie shares over 100 free video clips through her YouTube channel. They are a wonderful way to study with Bonnie from your home. Let her lead you through an embodied movement exploration that can help you find a meditative calm, or a sense of reconnection.
Jacob’s Pillow Interactive
Offering archival footage of dance artists performing at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s-today, along with illustrated essays. Explore the collection here.
The Performances That Went Online, via Dance Magazine
Choreographers and companies from all over the world are sharing their online dance performances on this platform, provided by Dance Magazine.
An eclectic collection of dance videos by internationally renowned choreographers. Want to expand what you’re viewing? Ask local choreographers to share their performance videos.
An online dance film festival presented by The Wallis, The Soraya and the Harris Theater, and featuring more than 150 artists from 52 cities in 25 countries, culminating in 15 short films that have been shot over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Running January 25-May 3, 2021 with more info here.
Other Great Resource Pages
The Center for Cultural Power developed this guide, breaking down ways creators and movement groups might do the “what” and “how” of activation now and into the year ahead.
Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Emergency Funding & Relief for Artists
Mini-grant for SF-based artist from Untitled, Art deadline March 31 and quarterly until further notice
Aritst Relief Cycle VI deadline March 31
Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grants June, September and December 2021 deadlines
Theatre Bay Area’s Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund reviewed weekly
Guaranteed Income Pilot April 15
What You Can Do
Do what you can to support local artists and arts organizations
Sharing ways to donate to local artists and arts organizations – or donating yourself – can help these vital members of our community stay afloat!