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Amanda Cantrell Roche

Contact Name: Amanda Roche

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Phone: (615) 300-8580

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Amanda Cantrell Roche divides her time between dance, writing, parenting, activism, volunteering, 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, as well as Disney Musicals in the Schools Residences, and more recently, Restorative Justice Arts Project residencies with young men from Juvenile Gang Court. Independently and in collaboration with a team of lead teaching artists, she designs and facilitates professional development for teachers and other teaching artists, and also authors Humanities Outreach Tennessee (HOT) guidebooks. 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. Her most recent social dance project, “Braid”, collected and told stories from members of Nashville’s immigrant and refugee communities. A mother of two, she also birthed and has nurtured Blue Moves Modern Dance Company since 1989. 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, OnSite, and Gilda’s Club. In 2015, Amanda started creating short films, integrating her journalism background into her love of visual storytelling. Her alchemy is most powerful when she combines a trilogy of her deepest passions: dance, writing, and social justice.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Arts-Infused Social Emotional Learning

Program Type: Arts Integration

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This residency utilizes writing, movement, visual art, and storytelling to reflect on and articulate personal identity and community, as well as build empathy among students through the Narrative4 Story Exchange process. Individual self-reflection through writing and community building through movement helps students actively and creatively engage with the SEL curriculum. Deep reflection on identity through inter and intrapersonal dialogue and story-telling practices develops self-awareness and self-to-other awareness. Risk-taking and deep listening in activities reinforces empathy and healthy boundaries.
This residency can be adapted and catered to your classroom needs. Adaptable to Virtual as well.

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Program Title: "I am, We Are" Community-Building Residency

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Through writing, reflection, experiencing counterbalance in pairs and in groups, and creating short dances together, students will explore individual and communal identity. Through risk-taking and shared responsibility in small groups, students will build community and experience how if feels to support, and to be supported. Writing of “I am …” poems help students hone on personal attributes, and “We are …” statements help students define their community and take ownership of it. This residency requires at least four, one-hour teaching artist visits per classroom and is best suited for grade levels 3-6. Connects with dance, ELA, and social and personal competencies. Custom-designed for each school culture.

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Program Title: Resiliency and Story Exchange for Teachers

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Addresses challenges of being an educator, how challenges fuel growth and innovation, and the power of personal stories. Through the Narrative4 Story Exchange process, participants take turns sharing a true story with a partner and listening deeply to their partner’s story. In small groups, participants tell their partner’s story in first person. This simple process can be notably moving and is part of an international program to build empathy and community.

A limited number of participants per session (12). Multiple sessions can be conducted if a whole-school faculty and staff experience is desired. Two parts, three hours total. Available virtually.

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