Shana Bloomstein is originally from Freedom, ME. She began moving in nursery school with the love and guidance of her life-long teacher Lisa Newcomb. Her playful exploration of dance continued with Lisa throughout her upbringing in Maine, with a focus in creative movement and modern dance; inspired deeply by the offerings of teachers of the African diaspora. She studied with Richard Gonzales, Abdoulaye Sylla , and Arthur Hall during her youth. She continued her studies of dance/edu. at Hampshire College in ’98, where she met her mentor and “dance mother”; artist and educator Nia Love; she performed as an original member of Loves’ Blacksmith’s Daughter Dance Theatre Co.in NYC for 4 yrs. Her explorations in dance have taken her abroad, including studies in Senegal, West Africa with Babacar and Cheik M’Baye. Shana has been an LMT and Yoga teacher for 14 years and PTA for the last 10. She currently works as a Pediatric PTA at WCGH and provides Aquatic therapy for children at the YMCA. She has a private practice Cycles of life therapeutic massage out of her home as well as traveling to clients in her community. She teachers dance and yoga to both children and adults in public schools, colleges and currently at The Belfast Dance Studio. Shana is a certified Yoga instructor. licensed massage therapist and licensed PTA. She teaches residencies throughout mid coast Maine and enjoys any opportunity to work with children and adults to integrate dance as form of telling our stories, others stories and as a healing art form. Shana is a performing artist; offering solo works in improv/modern dance idiom, and works throughout New England in collaboration with artist of various mediums. She has been producing, directing, dancing and offering the collective stories of artists in her community through a performance project called Women’s Works for the past 12 years. Shana’s greatest creative inspiration is being a mother to her two children Dawud and Nnenaya.