Photo by Martin O’Connor

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 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. Along with three TPAC lead teaching artists, she formed Hero Journeys Workshops to offer aesthetic education personal growth workshops for the general public, and has offered workshops and class series individually at Art & Soul Studio, The Estuary and Gilda’s Club. Her alchemy is most powerful when she combines a trilogy of her deepest passions:  dance, writing and social justice.