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Jochelle Pereña of Luna Dance Institute Receives 2015 Dance Teacher Award

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Jul 21, 2015

Dance Teacher magazine announced this July that Jochelle Pereña, teaching artist and programs manager at Luna Dance Institute (LDI), is the recipient of one of four 2015 Dance Teacher Awards for her noteworthy work with students K-12. Pereña will be honored at the Dance Teacher Summit July 28-30, 2015 in Long Beach, CA.

The selection committee noted that all awardees "inspire us by nurturing their students' love of dance, whether preparing them for success at competitions, paving pathways to professional careers or offering them an emotional outlet through movement."

Pereña, who holds a professional diploma from London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and an M.F.A. in dance, has taught for more than seven years at schools in low-income neighborhoods throughout Oakland, CA. Her award honors Luna's nationally acclaimed School and Community Alliance (SCA) program that builds comprehensive, standards-based dance programs in early childhood centers, schools, districts, arts and community agencies that serve children with the least access. In addition to the SCA program Pereña manages LDI's Professional Learning, Studio Lab, and MPACT programs that bring dance to over 20,000 children annually.

About Luna Dance Institute

Founded in 1992, Luna Dance Institute is a community-based arts education organization whose mission is to bring creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance. Through dance classes to children and families, and professional development support to artists, teachers and schools and districts Luna’s reach extends beyond the San Francisco Bay Area to bring dance to over 15,000 children a year. Luna’s Professional Development Program supports over 300 artists and educators a year through foundational and continuing education workshops and seminars.

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