Luna Dance Institute provides comprehensive professional development in dance for nearly 300 teachers. The organization serves more than 15,000 children annually by reaching those with the least access through its Summer Institute for educators, in-school artist/teacher-led dance classes in the Oakland Unified School District, and free classes for children and their families at its West Berkeley studio. Capital support will allow Luna Dance Institute to secure a permanent home in Berkeley before its current lease expires in 2019.
About the Grantee
Post Office Box 7788, Berkeley, CA, 94707, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Each year, Luna Dance Institute gives close to 350 teachers comprehensive professional development in dance and instructs more than 20,000 children, reaching those with the least access to dance education. It does this through in-school artist/teacher dance classes in the Oakland Unified School District and through free classes in its new Emeryville studio, serving children and families who are part of the child welfare system. The Institute’s goal for each school is to build a comprehensive, standards-based, sustainable dance education program tailored to the site, which requires a three-year minimum commitment by the school.
for organizational adaptation
Luna Dance Institute provides comprehensive professional development in dance for teachers and teaching artists, direct dance instruction to children and parents, and advocacy in support of dance education in California. Through its professional learning programs, the institute trains more than 600 educators each year. Its in-school arts education programs serve more than 4,000 children each year at public schools in the Oakland Unified School District, at no charge to schools. The organization also serves about 400 children and families at its studio in West Berkeley, through free or low-cost programming. This grant to Luna Dance Institute aligns with the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy, and will support the organization’s adaptation planning and implementation.