Laurel Shastri

Shastri performs with MoveSpeakSpin, a contemporary dance company directed by Karl Schaffer. 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. As a professional dancer at Ballet Tennessee she danced in full-length classical and contemporary ballets. A modern work based on the life of Pocahontas was choreographed for her by Barry VanCura, winning 1st place in the PANOPLY choreography competition in Huntsville, AL. Shastri is a seasoned teaching artist, currently working as SPECTRA artist with the Artist Teacher Partnership, and the Special Initiative at Hall District School. She specializes in integrating dance with science and language arts topics. She presented workshops for educators through Value Plus, Creativity in Education, Arts 360, National Association for State Arts Agencies, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, and Arts Build. Her work is featured in the college text Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts, by Claudia Cornett. Shastri received her MS in Geology from the University of New Mexico.

Scotts Valley, United States