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Luna Dance Institute on Cover of Dance Teacher Magazine

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Feb 21, 2017

The cover of Dance Teacher’s February issue featured Nancy Ng and Patricia Reedy, co-directors of Luna Dance Institute (Berkley, CA). Noting that Luna is currently celebrating its 25th year, the article highlights the organization’s approach to arts education and dance instruction. At its core, Luna gives young people the freedom to explore movement and find their way as artists. Students, from infancy through 17 years of age, learn “principles of movement” rather than specific techniques.

“Children learn through movement, they learn through love and they learn through play,” says Patricia Reedy. “So in our dance programs, we start out with freedom.”

According to the article, “Luna teachers guide their  classes through a series of age-adapted structures that lead to creating a new dance in every class session: warm-up, followed by exploration of an LMA concept—space, body, effort and shape—improvisation on that theme, then composing and showing original movement, and reflective feedback. In Ng’s class, for instance, she asks her children to play with qualities such as bursting, spiking and shaking, high or low, fast or slow. She then challenges them to combine their favorite movements into a structured but self-choreographed sequence.”

Read the full article here.

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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