Luna Dance's mission is to bring creativity,equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance.
Luna exists as an example of what is possible when an organization seeks to defend and further children’s freedom through the art of dance. Through our policy-to-practice approach, we work with allies to champion systemic change in arts, education, and social justice.
Our work in schools and early childhood centers is unique as well. Since 2003, the goal has been to build sustainable, sequential, and inclusive classes that are integral to the school culture.
Our partnerships in schools are multi-year, increasing grade level participation until every child is experiencing age-appropriate dance curriculum aligned with the National Core Arts Standards and their teachers and administrators understand the dance content to the extent that they can support and sustain it. In Oakland Unified School District, we’ve built comprehensive dance programs at New Highland Academy, Tilden Elementary, and Grass Valley Elementary; we authored the districts Blueprint for Dance Learning K-12; we’ve built and implemented inclusion programs for children with and without disabilities; and we’ve taught teachers and artists from multiple California districts to improve teaching practice.