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Thinking About Space

Posted on 09/11/13 No Comments

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 As a dancer and choreographer, I have always enjoyed the use of space.  At various times in my youth, I might have said that purposefully navigating space and crafting with it is what separates dance as an art form from other physical endeavors.  My opinions have opened up as I age […]

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Shifting Accountability

Posted on 09/10/13 No Comments

Monday, September 9, 2013 What happens when an organization loses funding from a government agency with very rigorous evaluation and accountability requirements?  What types of assessment tools will allow us to be accountable to our own high standards beyond that of any single funder?  These are questions we are currently asking ourselves as we diversify […]

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Posted on 09/05/13 No Comments

Thursday, September 4, 2013 As teachers, we want to see engagement.  Yesterday, day two of our annual staff Orientation, we spent some time viewing videos of dance teaching in our programs.  As faculty gave their impressions of what we were seeing, we used words like, “risk-taking,” “engagement,” or “confidence.”  It was pretty clear that among […]

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A New Day

Posted on 09/04/13 No Comments

Wednesday, September 3, 2013 Back to School!  That is what yesterday felt like in every way.  The day began with a major catch-up director’s meeting.  Nancy and I are orienting new staff, initiating a different approach to fundraising for 2013-14 and managing delays in cash flow.  At 11:30 our multi-faceted orientation began.  This year’s strategy […]

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Defining “family” at Luna’s Open House

Posted on 08/19/13 No Comments

As a new teacher to Luna, I was excited to participate in Luna’s first Open House in our “forever” home last September 8th. I invited some dear friends of mine who have a five year old and one year old to come participate in the Family Dance Class. I was particularly excited for their daughter […]

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Time for Yoga in Schools

Posted on 01/17/13 No Comments

I recently read an article about parents threatening a lawsuit over yoga in schools because they were concerned about using taxpayer resources to promote “Ashtanga yoga and Hinduism, a religion system of beliefs and practices.”  (Parents Threaten Legal Action over Yoga, October 22, 2012, SF Chronicle,  While I have no interest in entering the […]

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Expecting the unexpected

Posted on 11/29/12 No Comments

It was an unexpected moment in middle school dance teaching when one of my special education classes took their dance learning to a whole new level! It was the last class that I would be witnessing them do for a while as I am about to begin a maternity leave.  We were working on a […]

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Family Dance Effects: Community v. Institution

Posted on 10/31/12 No Comments

Southern California dance educator, Ruth T, my coachee, colleague and friend, is passionate about dance and social justice.  At the National Dance Education Organization’s conference last week in Los Angeles, Ruth participated in a panel I curated of professionals working to bring family dance to their communities.  The panelists work in a wide range of […]

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A New Era

Posted on 09/11/12 No Comments

Summer is always intense for us at Luna.  We hold week-after-week of dance camps for youth and week-after-week of workshop intensives for teachers and dance professionals.  This year stretched our small staff to the brink as we added to the usual load a move to our “forever” space in West Berkeley and an intense hiring […]

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Dancing through the Lock Down

Posted on 03/15/12 No Comments

It started out as a typical monthly assembly at New Highland Academy (NHA), one of Luna’s partner schools. The MC, a 4th grade teacher with a guitar, struck up “Down by the Bay” and in moments the room was filled with exuberant singing voices. Such joyful scenes are common at NHA, where the arts—music, visual […]

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