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Amanda Cantrell Roche divides her time between writing, dance, parenting, working as an activist and volunteer and working as a Teaching Artist.  She has worked as a dance Teaching Artist for Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Education program since 2000, conducting aesthetic education residencies for grades K through twelve. Independently and in collaboration with a team of lead teaching artists, she designs and facilitates professional development for teachers and other teaching artists. She is a member of ArtistCorps Tennessee, a select group of Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists who conduct arts-based service learning residencies in schools. Community and service-centered, Amanda has collaborated as an organizer, choreographer or teaching artist with organizations such as Global Education Center, Nashville CARES, Poverty & the Arts and Vanderbilt University. A mother of two, she also birthed and has nurtured Blue Moves Modern Dance Company since 1989, and more recently the human rights group One Human Race 4 Justice. Extending her creative process teaching artistry approach to personal growth workshops for the general public, she has offered workshops and class series at Art & Soul Studio, The Estuary, abrasiveMedia and Gilda’s Club. Her alchemy is most powerful when she combines a trilogy of her deepest passions:  dance, writing and social justice.

Amanda was featured in Embody Your Muse blog in October 2014. You can read that interview and more about her work here.