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Review for Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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