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Conference Reflections on Practice, Community, and Change

Posted on 12/01/17 No Comments

by Nancy Ng     17 activities marked the conclusion of Luna’s participation in back-to-back national conferences in November—the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in San Antonio, Texas; and the National Guild for Community Arts Education here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Luna has been members of both professional organizations for over 10 years. […]

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Addressing Equity: Disability & Inclusion

Posted on 09/06/17 No Comments

by Deborah Karp In early August, I had the honor of presenting at the Kennedy Center-VSA Intersections conference in Austin, TX. My colleague, Nia Womack-Freeman, and I shared the successes, joys, challenges and discoveries of the first year of Luna’s Dance Inclusion Class pilot project. A school-wide initiative in partnership with Oakland Public School Grass […]

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Summer with DEL

Posted on 08/10/16 No Comments

              by Patricia Reedy Nancy and I were invited by Dance Education Lab, our East Coast sister organization, to facilitate a weeklong workshop as part of their summer institute at the 92nd Street Y. Over multiple conversations with Director, John-Mario Sevilla, we settled on a focal point that would […]

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The Relationship Enhancing Power of the Art of Dance

Posted on 06/22/15 No Comments

This blog was written by dance teaching artist, Meg Glaser Terán about her experience with family dance. The Family Dance Institute at Luna Dance Institute provides a unique space to cultivate ideas about relationship-based dance classes.  During January 2014, Luna hosted their first Family Dance Institute.  As a participant in Luna’s Dance Education Leadership cohort, […]

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Posted on 03/11/15 No Comments

By Patricia Reedy March 2015 I was invited to give a keynote address at an Embodied Parenting conference held January 17, 2015 at the Roundhouse Community Arts Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. A joint project of the arts center, a consortium of Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood centers and Julie Lebel, a Canadian choreographer and mother […]

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Teaching Artists: Applying the Breadth of their Skills

Posted on 11/18/14 No Comments

By Nancy Ng   Segregating artistic, administrative and development departments are the typical structure of 99% of US non-profit arts organizations. My colleagues who work in such institutions experience chasms between departments and waste time bickering and competing for an even share of resources. Aside from the intention of human resource efficiency, I have never […]

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Considering June in September: The Practice of Backward Design

Posted on 09/26/14 No Comments

As a child, I loved the transition from summer to fall as it indicated the beginning of school. Crisp air, new books and a sense of excitement and possibility made this my favorite time of year. During this time, I would often daydream about the end of the school year, not because I wanted the […]

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Contemporary Dance Inspiration at Gibney Dance Center

Posted on 07/07/14 No Comments

Imagine seven different points within the body: the ankles, knees, hips, elbows, shoulders, ears and top of the head. Now explore moving these points in various fashions. Let the ankles bend and straighten, the knees circle, the hips stretch and so forth until you reach the highest point, the crown. On Wednesday, April 16th I […]

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Common Core & Dance: A Perfect Match

Posted on 01/27/14 No Comments

At the 2010 annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization, Jane Bonbright and colleagues presented a stimulating session on the 21st Century Skills and how they would be impacting national standards in all content areas.  Often on the vanguard, Ms. Bonbright worked extensively with leaders in arts and science education and, using dance, set […]

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Communitysourcing & the Art of Dance

Posted on 11/06/13 2 Comments

It’s rehearsal.  My collaborator and I are in the studio, surrounded by cover letters, calculators and laptops.  Are we dancing?  No, we have a grant due and are scrambling to collate application piles, six copies of this here, six copies of that there.  This application asks for staples and hole punches; that one will not […]

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