My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
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.