Working at Luna has opened my eyes to the blooming possibility of dance education and the impact it can have on all of our lives. Growing up in a low-income household my family didn’t have the means to put me into programs and activities that weren’t free or through school. Although I got to explore many different activities and learn various skills, I desperately wanted to be enrolled in dance classes. My mother put me in community theater and choreography sessions were what I looked forward to the most. It wasn’t until high school that I was able to take my first dance class via a performing arts charter school. Since then dance has been a critical part of finding autonomy and confidence within myself and my body. I went from being shy and insecure to finding bravery, unwavering determination, and self-confidence. Through dance, I have found the ability to be present and let my mind go with ease. Since joining the Luna team, I can affirm the importance and impact dance education can have on a child’s life. I am grateful for Luna’s continued work and mission of bringing creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance. And I truly believe dance is a necessary skill of life we should all be able to tap into at any age, but especially during our developmentally formative years.
– Saharla Vetsch