Crystal Shaffer danced from an early age and through her collegiate career in Florida, Minnesota, and Tennessee. After moving to Tennessee, she danced and was mentored under Bruce and Angelika Stegman. She holds a B.A. from Belmont University and a M.Ed. from Lipscomb University. During her time at Belmont University she studied modern, jazz, ballet, and dance composition under the guidance of Debbie Belue, Carrie Gerow, and Maggie Pelton. Crystal holds a teaching certification in English and Dance. Her passion lies with providing all students access to an excellent dance education. She has lived this out through her teaching in MNPS schools and currently in the WCS school system. She was honored to represent MNPS schools with Debra Perry in MTSU’s “Teacher Talk” in 2017. Currently, she is teaching dance curriculum as part of Franklin High School’s Fine Arts Program, as well as Stage Right School of Performing Arts. She is a new board member of The Tennessee Dance Association and looks forward to serving Tennessee’s dance community. She enjoys taking master classes and continuing her education through various community classes, professional development workshops, and festivals. She recently attended the teacher training at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago, Illinois. Crystal strives to teach integrity, tolerance, kindness, and a love for learning to the dancers she teaches everywhere.