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Practitioner Exchanges

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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.

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.

Topics include:

Creating Space for Dance
September 12

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
October 10

Maura Whelehan is a local dance teaching artist and performer with Duniya Dance and Drum Company.  Join her as she explores questions around this topic such as: How does cross-cultural dance differ from cultural dance? When and where does cross-cultural dance serve as simply entertainment or education? How does cross-cultural dance educate through performance? How can artists and educators advocate/create agency for education in the process of entertaining? Please bring your experience, perspectives, ideas, and wisdom as we delve into this deep and rich conversation.

Cross-cultural Dance from a Creative Dance Lens
November 14

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
December 12

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
January 9

Join dance teaching artist and 2016 Summer Institute alum, Sam Stone, for a conversation about teaching children with special needs. Discuss ways to move beyond compliance and into inclusion, and strategies that support learning for all. Sam will ask questions like How can creative dance offer opportunities for all bodies to find freedom and power? How can it provide expressive possibilities for those who are often excluded and marginalized? If you weren’t able to make it to our Dance & Disability Panel Discussion, this is the perfect time to jump into the conversation. Bring your own questions, stories, curriculum & experience to share.

Agency & Power in Early Childhood
February 13

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
March 13

Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity
April 10

Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
May 8

Nurturing the Artist-Teacher
June 12


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).


Professional Learning

If this is your first time registering for classes this year, please include an annual $25 registration fee.