Is winter break getting you into the summer mood? Consider applying for Luna’s Summer Institute, a yearlong professional development experience that includes intensive workshops, individualized coaching, and collegial support, all focused on the art of teaching dance. A cohort of twelve teaching artists and classroom practitioners are selected to participate each year. Applications will be available in February, but you can discover more and express your interest here, and we’ll make sure you receive an application when they are available.
Luna is thrilled to expand our team by welcoming teaching artist Moriah Costa. A Bay Area choreographer, performer and educator, Moriah’s creative and teaching inquiries investigate identity and belonging, and are sparked by a spirit of curiosity. “There is always something new to uncover when it comes to the way we move and interact with the world around us,” she explains.
“Moriah’s joyful enthusiasm for teaching is matched by her quest for learning and self-reflection,” shares Director of Programs Jochelle Pereña. “It’s this combination that really aligns with Luna’s values, and excites me as we develop dance partnerships in the community.”
Moriah brings her love of connection and play to Luna’s newest partnerships with Kaiser Early Childhood Center, where she teaches weekly dance classes in all classrooms, and at Berkeley Unified School District, where she’s helping to build a dance program at Franklin, King and Hopkins Preschools over the next two years. Accessibility and inclusion is core to both of these partnerships, and Moriah teaches in special ed, inclusion, and general ed classrooms so that all children can engage with dance.