Sandra Shih Parks
Sandra is a choreographer and an advocate for female leadership in dance. She is also an experienced and passionate educator. 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 and Tianqiao Performing Arts Center 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.
Last but not least, Sandra founded the very first Women in Dance Leadership Conference in the U.S. in 2013, and she successfully directed two international conferences so far. The next conference will be in October 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.