Teaching Artist

  • FROM : USA

Laurel Shastri brings a unique perspective to dance. An experienced teaching artist, she specializes in integrating dance with diverse subjects such as science and language arts. She is part of Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Artist Teacher Partnership, currently at Live Oak Elementary and Green Acres Elementary School, working with second grade classes. She has presented workshops for educators at conferences and schools, including Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education, Creativity in Education, Arts 360 (Knox County, TN), National Association for State Arts Agencies, Value Plus, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, and Arts Build. 

Her integrated lesson, ‘Greetings Through Movement’ is featured in the college text 'Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts,’ by Claudia Cornett. She served seventeen years at Ballet Tennessee, as Associate Director, company dancer, faculty, and grant writer. She was on the faculty of the model outreach programs Dance Alive and Talent Identification Program. She performs with MoveSpeakSpin, a contemporary dance company based in Santa Cruz, directed by Dr. Karl Schaffer. In 2015, she was resident dancer at the Djerassi Artist Residency Program’s Scientific Delirium Madness II.