All She Wants to Do is Dance
We tend to think of dance as a female-dominated field. But is it? Assistant teaching professor Sandra Parks breaks down the ways the industry keeps women out of leadership positions, and what needs to be done to bring about change.
About Sandra Parks
Sandra Parks is the founder and director of Women in Dance Leadership Conference. She is also a choreographer, dance educator, film producer and editor, and advocate for female leadership. Sandra holds her BFA from New York University and MFA from Smith College, MA.
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Sandra danced as a soloist with Four Seasons Ballet and Wu-I Dance Company. She toured nationally and internationally with a Broadway production of the King And I. While directing her own production, she danced and choreographed more than 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 professional venues in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Boston, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City as well as Beijing and Taipei. 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.
Her film work includes promotional videos for high school and university programs, documentary on Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, and a 65-minute documentary film on Chinese Dance and Culture. She is currently a full time teaching assistant professor and the Dance Program Director at Drexel University.