Shantel “Shanti” Ureña
Shantel “Shanti” Ureña is a professional dancer, teaching artist and choreographer from Tampa, Florida..the 813! Being of Dominican and Venezuelan descent, salsa, merengue and Dominican Folk dance, Folkloriko we’re introduced to her at the age of 2. Shantel furthered her dance training and enrolled in an academy where she trained in ballet, contemporary and street jazz for 15 years. By the age of 20, she began a focus in the elements of Hip Hop Street-dance styles- and began her training in popping and house. It was within this same year that she made the decision to move to California to pursue a professional career as a dancer and artist. After a short year of living in LA, she was accepted into the “Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre” where she performed and taught as one of the core members of this company focusing on site-specific movement. Within a year, she was accepted as a touring member of Contra-Tiempo’s Urban Latin Dance Theatre company. Contra Tiempo means ‘Against the Times’ this company focuses on bringing social dance forms on the concert stage, focusing on the in betweens of movement, both with the body and politically. She spent a little under two years here developing her artistry and for the past year has been diving into her own art as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist.
Shanti’s primary focus is to combine the un spoken root, truth and history of Latinos while fusing this with movement. She blends contemporary, improvisation techniques, salsa, merengue, bachata, popping, house, all into one. Creating an abstract style and unique way of moving, essentially living in the in between she like to call her “Sancocho.”