Transformational Speaker and Guide
Alana Shaw has catalyzed hundreds of thousands of people around the country to step into a new story of manifesting their gifts in their communities. She is a transformational guide, workshop leader, author, artist and one of the nation’s experts in community and art based social change work.
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Alana has facilitated joyful and healing movement events in cities in the US and Canada for over 30 years. Her dynamic and energetic presentation style is both humorous and transforming, and consistently positive and uplifting for her audiences. Alana has an uncanny ability to pace the audience she is addressing and bring them all into interactive play, actually giving them an experience of well-being and joy right in the moment.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning the Wheel, a national nonprofit that has touched the lives of over 125,000 people in more than 2000 diverse schools and organizations around the country. Turning the Wheel uses the power of art to build healthy communities, foster leaders, and share the joy of self-expression with participants of all ages, economic situations, genders, ethnic backgrounds and challenges. Turning the Wheel has produced and toured twelve community based performances over 25 years.
Alana holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado with a thesis on healing and reintegration through creative expression. She has developed a model for moving with ease from stress to positive action that is truly revolutionary for personal fulfillment and professional success. Alana’s books, Dancing Our Way Home and The Body Now catalyze her mission to inspire a new paradigm for inclusiveness, collaboration and community engagement.