Shaina Cantino holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute and Kenyon College (BA, Distinction in Dance). Her creative and teaching work is grounded in twenty years of contemporary dance training as well as research in improvisation for performance, contact improvisation (CI), environmental studies and theater. Cantino currently teaches contemporary technique and CI at Wesleyan University and Keene State College. She has taught courses in contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, as well as intensive CI workshops in Arezzo and Cagliari, Italy and Montreal, Canada. Cantino’s choreography was selected for the American College Dance Festival Association’s gala concert in 2013 and presented at the Kennedy Center in 2010. Cantino’s performance is noted for its understated humor and off-balance physicality. She is interested in a discipline of honing exquisite specificity while honoring the indescribable. Cantino has collaborated with and performed in works by Angie Hauser, Shura Baryshnikov, Paul Matteson, Chris Aiken, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Colleen Thomas, Karl Rogers, and Alexandra Beller. Intensive training includes St. Petersburg State Theater Academy (2009), Kathleen Hermsdorf/Sara Shelton Mann/Keith Hennessy intensive (2009), American Conservatory Theater (2008), and Bates Dance Festival (2007).