Sandra Shih Parks
Sandra is a choreographer, dance educator, film producer and editor, advocate for female leadership, and lately, she became the first bilingual broadcaster for professional American football.
Sandra holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance degree from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Smith College, MA.
Sandra is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and she danced as a soloist with Four Seasons Ballet and Wu-I Dance Company in Taipei. Sandra toured nationally and internationally with a Broadway production of the King And I. While directing her own production, she danced and choreographed over 80 live concerts. After she moved to Boston, she danced with Bosoma Dance Company, Dance Collective, and Impulse Dance Company.
Sandra has presented her work at venues including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Manhattan Center in New York City; Strand Theater and Dance Complex in Boston, MA; 14th Street Playhouse and The Marcus Jewish Center in Atlanta, GA; Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. Xinzhuang Cultural Performing Arts Center in Taipei, LDTX Theater in Beijing. She also created commissioned work for Bosoma Dance Company in Boston, Cangelosi Dance Project and Of Moving Colors in Baton Rouge, LA.
Sandra was a faculty member for Boston University, Bridgewater State College, Colleges of Fenway, Kennesaw State University, Louisiana State University, Regis College, and Smith College, and she taught master classes at National Taiwan University of Arts. Sandra is currently a full time assistant teaching professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her research focus is how dances can relate to each other, and on the larger scale, how cultures have been influencing each other through the history.
Her film editing work included promotional videos for Boston University REACH program, Boston University Band, Kell High School Marching Band, Chinese Arena Football League feature videos, and a 65-minute documentary film on Chinese Dance and Culture.
She is also an experienced sports broadcaster in American football, and she worked with New England Patriots’ Chinese initiative from 2005 – 2007. She started working with LTMedia and the CAFL (Chinese Arena Football League) as the very first bilingual sideline reporter, color commentator, and play by play announcer in the 2016 season.
Last but not least, Sandra founded the very first Women in Dance Leadership Conference in the U.S. in 2013, and she successfully directed the 2015 Women in Dance Leadership Conference from October 29th – November 1st, 2015 in Baton Rouge, LA. The next conference will take place in New York City from January 18th – January 20th, 2018.
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