Berkeley, California is the birthplace and home of the Luna Dance Institute. Since its inception it has evolved into a 'great nonprofit'. I know this because I have served as a LDI advisor since its infancy. LDI's founder, Patricia Reedy, is a west coast dance education visionary who strives to make possible developmentally-appropriate, culturally responsive and socially relevant literacy bridges inherently found in and through dancing, dance making and dance sharing experience. Reedy and her capable teaching staff offer its patrons transformative opportunities to expand personal understanding and grow a sense of community. This is accomplished through well designed dance curricula and varied programs that connect deeply to real world situations and inspire the dreams of our future citizenry. LDI's board of directors advance its mission through sustainable organizational design and implementation plus laser sharp attention to detail. This makes it possible for LDI to transform and advance with the times. I strongly urge you to support Luna Dance Institute in any and all ways possible. You are incredibly fortunate to have this cultural icon and Luna dance Institute in your midst.
I would recommend Luna Dance Institute to any family, dance professional, K-12 professional, early childhood education professional, or future parent. I became involved with Luna Dance Institute as a 2015 summer intern. During this summer I was provided with the learning experience of a life time. Luna provides an incredible place for learning and growth not only to children but to adult professionals as well. I spent the summer engaging in beautiful interactions with numbers of people from richly diverse back rounds. This was through events that were put together by people who genuinely cared about children and people who would be enriching the lives of children. Luna provides safe and creative non-profit programs that bring community members together in a way that makes everyone feel accepted and good about what they are working towards. They work to educate parents and professionals on best practices for children through their own experiences as well as years of research and resources from across the world.
Luna Dance has been an instrumental part of our treatment program for our Mothers and Children. Through our 15 year collaboration with Luna, our mothers have gained insight on how their child develops as well as strengthen this parent/child bond. Even when Luna is not present teaching dance classes. The moms often utilize their learning to get their child's attention of negative behavior and turn into a positive redirection through movement. Luna staff is awesome and really care about the impact their work have on the lives of moms and children. Thanks Luna for a continued job well done.
Tammy Webster Brown
Project Pride, Operations Manager
I love Luna Dance Institute! I initially became involved with Luna through their professional development classes-- 11 years ago. As a dance performer, I knew how to dance but I had no idea how to TEACH dance. Luna is constantly inspiring and instructing me to this day!
I also have a child enrolled in their studio lab classes. His love of dance and choreography continues to grow in their weekly classes. This studio is a gem filled with knowledgeable dance teaching artists. It is the real deal! A true place to nurture the craft of dance making and viewing!
Luna Dance is a fantastic organisation with a great vision. My first opportunity to interact with them was 7 years ago through their Summer Institute which provides professional development for teaching artists and classroom teachers. It came at an important time in my life where I was feeling overwhelmed and isolated as an independent teaching artists. Through the rigorous program and mentorship components I feel like reached a turning point with my dance teaching and my leadership in the community. I am still teaching today and passionate about the potential for dance in our communities and our lives.
I am a parent whose 2 children danced in Luna's first studio classes in creative dance 20+ years ago. For the past 6 years, I have served on Luna's board and been able to observe Luna's work in Oakland public schools and in studio classes, as well its programs bringing families separated by the justice system back together through creative dance. These are the places where Luna's philosophy and practices show up in our communities. Even more important perhaps is Luna's work training teachers to incorporate dance into their classes across all the academic subjects. Luna gives teachers a philosophy grounded in child development, a creative dance curriculum that translates that philosophy into action, and training and mentoring to make it all happen. The arts, particularly dance, could not have better advocates than the Luna professionals who are inspired teachers and artists and who also run their collaborative organization with nationally recognized vision and discipline.
Antoine Hunter in Italy sharing the message about Luna dance institute! They open the door to many families, teachers, students, artists, school and culture. As Deaf artists and teacher I give praise to Luna Dance Institute for staying on their mission. They taught us so much, shared so much and open to learning so much more within our community and all over the world. Such AWESOME INSTITUTE! KEEP ON GROWING!
Luna Dance Institute is one of the treasures of the Bay Area. I have known the leadership of this organization and have experienced their many programs for 15 years. It is rare to see such a consistent, high level of service to youth in the arts, especially considering how difficult it is to maintain support for dance non-profits. As a local funder, I have come in contact with numerous arts educators and the professionals who represent Luna Dance are top notch, I recommend them without reservation. Anyone who has the luck to come in contact with Luna Dance won’t be disappointed.
Luna Dance is one of the premiere dance education organizations in the country. Over the past four years of working directly with both their leadership team and several of the dance-educators, I can honestly say - Luna Dance offers the highest caliber of integrated dance education I have ever experienced in my career. I first collaborated with Luna Dance in my role with Oakland Unified School District, through our PreK - 1st Grade Visual Performing Arts + Early Literacy, 10mo. Professional Learning Community (as part of the larger Birth - 3rd Grade, Early Education Initiative, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation). Luna's collaborative approach and pedagogical integrity has set the bar high for all future partnerships and collaborations, and it is both an honor and privilege to continue the learning relationship with their team - in service to children, families and our community-at-large.
Luna Dance Institute (LDI) is an outstanding organization that supports the creation, expansion, and improvement of dance programs in California and beyond. We all know that efforts to advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings must begin with highly qualified teachers. Highly qualified teachers are trained, not born, to educate. In addition to their dance programs, LDI fills this important teacher-training role. The design and development of in-depth, curriculum-based dance education experiences requires ongoing support and informative feedback that occur over an extended period. LDI provides prolonged engagement between novice, experienced and expert teachers. Their approach insures that all dance programs include opportunities for appreciation, skill acquisition, knowledge development and dance-making as well as multidimensional assessment of student learning according to national and state arts education standards. Through my work as a professor of dance and as past-president of the California Dance Education Association, I have come in contact with many arts education programs across the United States and abroad. LDI sets the standard. Plus, the leadership team and individual teachers are remarkably thoughtful, caring, and determined to get children, youth and adults of all ages moving!
Luna is a bright light in the Bay Area art education landscape. Just walking into their
Berkeley Marina studio uplifts the spirit. Luna's professional staff, dance artists and instructors, offer top quality, playful and kinesthetically engaging learning experiences. Serving kids, parents, communities and schools, Luna's innovative programs and well-researched approaches, lead the way in highlighting and opening access to what is possible through creative dance education.