Shanina Carmichael, dancer, is a teaching and performing artist specializing in songs and dances of West Africa Afro-Modern dance, and storytelling through modern dance. Shanina fuses dance instruction with cultural exploration while using an arts integration approach to bring to life core subject material. She has over 20 years of dance experience. She has trained under Gina Ellis of Alvin Ailey and Onyx dance companies and belonged to Renaissance Dance Workshop and Eclectic Dance Company. Shanina shares the gift of the arts with hundreds of students and teachers throughout rural and urban Mississippi communities by weaving literature, creative movement, and drama to engage and teach.