Patricia Reedy is the Director of Teaching & Learning at Luna Dance Institute. Since founding Luna in 1992, Reedy has been responsible for designing and evaluating all program components. She writes curricula, develops staff and provides consultation and professional development to community clients. Reedy has been a dancer, choreographer, educator and performer throughout her life. She founded her own company in 1994 and danced for seven years with Priscilla Regalado. Reedy was on the dance faculty at UC Berkeley for five years before joining the dance department at Mills College as an adjunct professor. Reedy won the 2008 Outstanding Educator award given by the National Dance Education Organization and won their first award for mentorship in 2003. In her various roles at Luna she has been awarded an Isadora Duncan (Izzy) in 2007, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, First Five Alameda County—Every Child Counts, and dozens of grants from private foundations. Luna's work has received recognition in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Studio Life, Teaching Artist Journal, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Contact Quarterly, and Dance Magazine. Reedy writes regularly, publishing bi-monthly articles in InDance and authoring Body, Mind & Spirit IN ACTION: a teacher's guide to creative dance©2003, renewed 2011. Reedy is a graduate of Mills College, receiving a MA in Education with Creativity focus in 2000.
What about your Mills experience have you continued to benefit from since graduating?
I founded Luna Dance Institute with 3 other Mills MFA graduates and the relationships I developed there informed the very essence of what our organization has become. Mills dance graduates are connected to Luna on all levels, our co-directors both met in the MFA program in 1989; several of our advisory board members are Mills alumnae or faculty; we hire Mills graduates and many volunteer for us. Additionally, as Mills graduates engage in the world as teachers, many come to us for advanced training or consultation on their teaching careers. My ultimate degree was in the education department and the critical pedagogy at the core of that constructivist program informed the pedagological approach at Luna, both in our teaching, program design, staff collaborations and our professional learning curriculum.
How has dance helped shape your current work or passions?
In many ways, Luna is a natural "extension" of Mills College—walking the talk of dance teaching practice in various community settings. Dance is at the core of all I do or have done professionally. The mission of the organization I founded is to bring all kids to dance.
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