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Shay Hartung Ishii

Shay Ishii in Carmina Burana

As the founder and artistic director of Shay Ishii Dance Company for the past five years, Shay Ishii is realizing a vision of creating and performing dance with people whom she loves, trusts and respects.  Her passion and vision for dance extends beyond performance to encompass exploring, choreographing and teaching movement.  She has been teaching dance and Pilates for more than 12 years and holds an MFA in dance from Sam Houston State University and a BS in Dance from Texas State University.  Shay has spent the past six years studying and mentoring with Katherine Duke, artistic director and principal dancer for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University.  Shay has performed with and choreographed for Opening Door Dance Theatre, The Creeps Dance Company and Ariel Dance Theatre.  Her work has been presented in California, Nevada, New York and Texas.

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