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Amanda Cantrell Roche

Amanda Cantrell Roche divides her time between dance, writing, travel, activism, mothering two children and working as a Teaching Artist for TPAC Education, the Tennessee Arts Commission and in community settings. In addition to offering aesthetic education residencies in schools, Amanda designs and team-leads multi-day seminars in professional development for classroom teachers and Teaching Artists, unleashing their creativity and guiding them to more artful teaching through reflection and purposeful play in the arts. She has recently started offering adult creative process and personal growth classes at Art & Soul, and has offered workshops at The Estuary and Gilda’s Club Nashville. Amanda is a believer in the power of authentic experiences with the arts to heighten awareness, deepen sensitivity, broaden understanding and promote social change. She is a co-founder and choreographer for Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, for whom she often creates social justice choreography, and a contributing writer for the literary webzine, Nashville Skyline. She is also a founder of the human rights group, One Human Race 4 Justice, and enjoys collaborating with community partners in creative projects to enhance the lives of people in Nashville, a city which she is proud to call home. Artist Statement The arts have a unique and potent role in our culture, our schools and our communities. They possess the power to heighten awareness, deepen sensitivity, empower individuals, and enhance eve

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