Jochelle Pereña

Jochelle is a teaching artist and manager for Luna's Professional Learning program. She hails from Vashon Island, Washington where she grew up watching the choreography of birds in flight and forests in windstorms. She has trained in the studios of Seattle, the farmlands of the Lost Coast, the nightclubs of West Africa, and more formally at Laban, London (Professional Diploma in Dance Studies, 2005), and at Mills College, Oakland (MFA in Choreography and Performance, 2011). A choreographer, dancer and educator, she has performed and presented works internationally and has taught dance, drama and performing arts education to children and adults at Cornish College of the Arts, Mills College, Laban, Artis, and West County Community High School. In 2015 Jochelle was named Dance Teacher of the Year in the K-12 sector by Dance Teacher Magazine. She co-directs the dance theatre collective, The Thick Rich Ones. Currently, she is a student in early childhood development, led in daily discoveries by her toddler daughter and infant son.

Jan 19, 2021
What’s in a Conversation?

Jun 01, 2018
Cultivating Freedom and Power in the Dance Classroom

Jun 01, 2017
Create, Reflect, Advocate, Repeat

Jul 01, 2016
Ten Tips On How to Engage with Parents in Parent-Child Classes

Apr 01, 2014
Making the Worst Dance Possible: Finding the Good in “Bad” Dances