Luna offers workshops for creative practitioners at every stage of their careers. Our Teaching & Learning Series is designed to provide a comprehensive program of study beyond what is learned in a credential program. Teacher as Creative Practitioner Scholar is a series of investigative topics designed as an alternative to traditional graduate school. Topic workshops are created in response to the evolving needs of our field and content-specific strands, such as Early Childhood, explore specific areas of interest in a deep and focused way.
Teaching & Learning Series
Luna’s three-part Teaching & Learning Series charts the course of dance teaching proficiency from a reflective, critical theory perspective.
DIDC-A and Reflective Practice may be taken at any time; DIDC-B and Curricular Progressions have prerequisites.
Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar
Advanced-level seminars celebrate the intersecting identities of teacher/artist, practitioner/researcher, leader/change agent.
Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar courses provide opportunities to critically examine educational and artistic practice, theory, research, and policy from the perspective of the practitioner. This evolving series includes: TACPS: Action research, TACPS: Creativity, TACPS: Democratizing research literature.
Children learn through movement, play, and in relationship. Early childhood education (ECE) workshops are designed for all who work with young children.
Dance teaching artists often find themselves in situations where they are expected to teach children of preschool age without having received adequate training. Employers’ expectations do not always consider sound development principles or the holistic nature of young children’s learning. In some cases, neither administrators nor parents understand much about developmentally appropriate dance teaching practices yet impose unrealistic rules, guidelines, and sometimes curricular goals that teachers must navigate to keep their jobs. Teachers come to Luna with instincts about what and how young children need to experience dance and return to their jobs with skills, knowledge, and evidence to create meaningful, developmentally appropriate, creative, fun, and inclusive dance lessons for their young students.
Theories of child development, attachment, culturally-responsive teaching, neurocellular patterning, play, and social-emotional learning are woven into an approach that centers inclusion, equity, and agency in all early learning. Luna’s semester-length workshop Love, Move, Play™ is offered annually, Dance & the Preschool Learning Foundations integration courses explore ways to honor the holistic ways children learn, and Family Dance curricula prepares teachers to expand their programs to include the entire family.
Theories of child development, attachment, culturally-responsive teaching, neurocellular patterning, play, and social-emotional learning are woven into an approach that centers inclusion, equity, and agency in all early learning. Luna’s semester-length workshop Love, Move, Play™ is offered annually, dance integration courses explore ways to honor the holistic ways children learn, and Family Dance curricula prepares teachers to expand their programs to include the entire family.
Luna’s topic workshops enliven teaching practice and inspire fresh inquiry.
Using deep listening to respond to concerns of practitioners in the field, Luna offers topic workshops taught by our faculty or guest experts. Topic workshops allow an entry point to those new to Luna and offer veteran educators opportunities to delve into an area of interest.
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Designed to accompany our Workshops and Institutes, Luna’s book Body, Mind & Spirit in ACTION, and the video series of
PERFECT IMPERFECT LESSONS aim to empower educators, practitioners, community workers, and more.