Anat Shinar

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2018-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2018

Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance without Barriers, First Moves

Styles: Creative Movement, Israeli Folk Dance

Teaching Artist Philosophy: "I believe that everyone can (and should!) dance. I approach dance education from a somatic point of view, meaning that the emphasis is less on what a move looks like, but on the initiation point within the body. Dance is more than practicing steps and learning a routine, it lays a foundation for developing skills in confidence, self-awareness, spatial awareness, community building and teamwork, self-expression, empathy, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving. When teaching, my goal is first and foremost that students develop a positive relationship with dance."

Anat Shinar is a Minneapolis-based contemporary performance and visual artist, curator, writer, and educator, and a member of Fresh Oysters Performance Research collective. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Visual Arts, and completed her Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, also at the UMN. Her choreography has been presented at the Red Eye Theater, Skewed Visions, Southern Theater, The Soap Factory, SooVAC, Bryant-Lake Bowl, and Ritz Theater. She teaches at Young Dance, working with people of all ages and abilities, and is excited to be joining the Cowles Center as a Teaching Artist.