When I’m taking dance classes, I just feel so able. I feel like my body can do anything. Like I’m Wonder Woman or something. (interview with Louise M., 9 year old dancer/choreographer)
On International Women’s Day, March 8, 1992, Luna was founded by feminist choreographer, Patricia Reedy who sought to answer the question—what would happen to the world if MORE voices were able to express their truths through the art of dance. Since then, more than 250,000 children, family, educators and activists have accessed the transformative power of dance to create change within themselves, their families, their classrooms and their communities.
Luna's mission to bring creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance is fulfilled by a faculty of eight strong women teaching dance in innovative programs such as
- MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) bringing relationship-based dance curriculum to families who have been separated and are seeking new ways to re-establish trust and connection. OR
- School & Community Alliances creating opportunities for children from the most underserved neighborhoods to collaborate with care, to speak their minds through their unique choreographic voices and to relate to the world beyond the boundaries of their community.
- Professional Learning. Despite an amazing legacy of powerful women dance pioneers, today’s dance teaching artist often lives and works on a very narrow margin. Luna serves professional dance artists through coaching and by creating opportunities for collegiality. Our goal is to strengthen the resolve of these professionals to celebrate the majesty of the work, to gain confidence, and to evolve the field. We are unwavering about advocacy for fair labor practices and respect for the field—our ultimate goal is that one can choose a life as a dance educator without the need for a spouse with a “real job.”
Dance fulfills basic human needs—the BODY needs to move, the HUMAN needs to create, the SPIRIT needs to speak. Dance does not end in a product that can be sold—at Luna, we would not want it to be as we are interested in voices changing perceptions and perspectives. Thus, those 250,000 children have been served through the generous contributions of like-minded allies—both individuals and risk-taking foundations. Today, we ask for your help—help us champion a new generation of dance leaders who can create positive social change through the art of dance.
- $15 provides a scholarship for one day of dance for a child with special needs
- $50 provides a one-class stipend for a teacher to learn to bring MPACT-like classes to migrant families in Southern California
- $100 provides an hour of consultation with a dancer seeking to create curriculum for children who are deaf
- $250 provides one full MPACT parent-child dance class in a residential shelter
- $1000 pays for a cultural competency expert to increase our staff’s capacity to question assumptions and expand our hearts and minds
- $5000 fills the unmet need for the 2013-14 dance program at New Highland, an elementary school in East Oakland
- A donation of any amount encourages and validates our staff to continue the work on behalf of ALL children