Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges. Each month centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are paired with workshop offerings as an opportunity to integrate and revisit information throughout the year. Practitioner Exchanges are soft facilitated by Summer Institute alumni and veteran dance teachers experienced in the topic addressed. Come to ONE, come to ALL. No prerequisite. Held at Luna Dance Institute, 605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.
Practitioner Exchanges are included in the cost of workshops as follow-up discussions. When taken in conjunction with a half-day workshop, PD hours total 4.5-6.
Creating Space for Dance
Join Oakland public school teacher Christine Atkins as she addresses these common concerns: I want to dance with my students, but how can I find time in the busy school day? And where would I even do it? She’ll share how she’s brought dance to her school by integrating movement into all her classes, creating a physical space for dance, advocating to administration, and investigating how dance can support her goals for her students. Bring your own questions, ideas, curiosity and expertise to this community-building conversation.
Cross-cultural Dance as Education & Entertainment
Cross-cultural Dance from a Creative Dance Lens
Dance teaching artists Maura Whelehan & Sam Stone ponder how a creative dance practice can be used to access set dance forms and pull out the essence within them. Join them in exploring questions like: How can we reinvestigate forms of dance that have histories and etiquette bolstering them? Can creative dance offer open doors into dance forms that might not otherwise be available to everyone? How do we decide what the essence of a dance is? Whose input is imperative to this process?
Getting Started in Dance: Classroom Teacher Perspectives
2nd Grade Teacher and Summer Institute alum CJ Logel leads this conversation on taking the first steps to share dance in the classroom. He’ll explore such questions as: I’m a schoolteacher who wants to get my kids moving, but have to really prepare to lead a dance activity. What can I do when time is minimal? How do I begin creating a culture of dance in an already busy classroom? How & where can dance happen in schools? What can authentic dance integration look like? Bring your own questions, stories, curriculum & experience to share in discussion. This is the perfect, low-commitment event for those brand-new to Luna – bring your fellow teachers!
Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
Agency & Power in Early Childhood
How do we as educators introduce ideas of consent, power, and agency? How can introducing these ideas in Early Childhood benefit not only the child, but the community at large? Join dance educator & early childhood specialist Aiano Nakagawa as she discusses how young children can learn boundaries, practice consent, build empathy, and create opportunities to exercise power in non-violent and non-oppressive ways through dance. Bring your questions and expertise to this casual conversation. All welcome.
Music & Dance
As an Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement practitioner, Greacian Goeke works with the unity of language, movement and music. Join her for an exciting conversation as she asks questions like How can music, dance and language literacy be developed as a unified, interdisciplinary understanding? What are the elements of music shared by spoken language and movement? How are the Laban Efforts related to music? How can we work with music so that it is not just an add-on or afterthought? How can music/sound for movement be generated by the students, in the same way they develop their own movements for choreography? What cultures give examples of the unity of music and dance?
Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity
Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
Nurturing the Artist-Teacher
Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm.
$15-40 sliding scale.
Free of charge for registered Professional Learning Users (those who have paid the annual $25 fee).
Dance & Disability Guest Workshop: Autism, Play & Socialization with Peers (to be rescheduled)$110.00 Add to cart
Motivation: Examining the Line between Motivation & Manipulation$125.00 Add to cart
Guest Workshop: Peggy Hackney – Discover Your Articulate Body$125.00 Add to cart
Dance in ECE: Movement, Play & Relationships$175.00 Add to cart