Keynote Speaker • Shaina Sandoval
Shaina Sandoval was born to Samuel and Lisa Sandoval in Albuquerque, NM on January 10, 1992. She moved to Dallas, TX at one years old, and currently divides her time between Scottsdale, Ariz. and Dallas. She got her start in Dallas in commercial work at just 13 years old. Her first foray in film acting was in 2006 in which she had a feature role in “Rain.” She went on to appear in “In Search of the American Dream: El Nacional,” “Nico-The Millionaire,” and the music video “Saved.” She also appeared in the independent film “Midnight Clear,” which starred Stephen Baldwin and K Callan.
Shaina’s commercial work includes spots for AT&T, Pei Wei, WalMart, Denny’s, InventNow.org, and Cowboys & Indians Magazine. She is also an experienced dancer, having served as a principal with Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico in Dallas, and soloing for the National Hispanic Celebration at the Majestic Theatre, as well as guest appearing in “The Ancestors” at the Majestic. Shaina studied with the Dance Continuum and Les Jordan at North Central Ballet in Texas, and is proficient in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop.
She is currently enrolled at the Herberger Institute for the Arts at Arizona State University, and has trained with Cathryn Sullivan, Cody Linley and Mitchell Gossett at Everybody-Fits, Theresa Bell at Theresa Bell Studio, Cathryn Hartt at Hartt and Soul Studio, Suzie Torres, Q4U Productions in Texas, Amanda Melby of Verve Studios in Arizona. Shaina is also currently studying with Jean Fowler of Actor Works in Scottsdale.
She has made appearances on CBS News 11 in Dallas, Univision, Telemundo, Latino Talk TV and various radio stations throughout Texas.
Shaina has two older brothers, Josh and Jeremy.
- Shaina grew up in the same town as and shared an acting coach with Selena Gomez, Jeremcy Bacerra, Cody Linley, and Patrick Thomas.
- Shaina is the recipient of the “Junior Female Actor” award from the MB Talent Expo in Texas.
- Her favorite sports include wrestling, baseball and basketball.
- In her spare time Shaina hikes, travels and does Bikram yoga.