Repertoire

Hannah is available to teach choreography and technique workshops to adults and youth in the following forms:

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Oriental Dance (Belly Dance) ~ Hannah’s embodiment of Oriental or Eastern Dance (also known as Belly Dance) is rooted in the old world tribal approach of her primary belly dance teacher Katarina Burda, student of Jamila Salimpour and early Bal Anat dancer. Other early Middle-Eastern dance influences include: Nanna Candalaria and Suhaila Salimpour. Known for her grace and fluidity, dramatic expressivity, and ecstatic turns, Hannah blends aesthetic elements from Turkish, Arabic, and Persian dance layered over an elegant classical line.

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Iranian/Persian Dance ~ Persian neoclassical dance is a solo virtuoso art form highlighting delicate hand flourishes, coy facial expressions, shoulder accents, fluid arms, and ecstatic turns. The arms float overhead as the dancer glides ethereally across the floor or sinks languidly into beautiful torso extensions. Through fluid shape-shifting the dancer expresses ancient mythical symbology and spiritual longing. Workshops are available in neoclassical, contemporary, urban/popular, and folkloric Iranian dance.

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Turkish (Gypsy) Roman ~ Turkish (Gypsy) Roman dance is full of cheeky humor, saucy gestures, and complex pelvic isolations often executed to the 9/8 rhythm. An exemplar of this form adapted for the stage, Hannah delightfully captures the essential qualities that make the Roma such charismatic performers and seamlessly permeates the authentic dance with her own theatrical flair and vivacious charm. Workshops include: traditional gestures and footwork, pelvic isolations, theatrical skirt and hair tosses, turns, and floorwork.

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Moroccan Sheikhat ~ The sheikhat are the professional dancers and singers of Morocco hired to perform for weddings and other family celebrations. In addition to complex torso articulations and rhythmic footwork, the dancer may show off her skills by balancing a tea tray on her head while executing acrobatic floor-work. Workshops can include: Tray-work, floor-work, playful partnering, foot-work, hip articulations, hand and arm gestures, hair tosses

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Moroccan Guedra The guedra is a blessing ceremony belonging to the Tuareg or “Blue People” of Morocco intended to spread good will among the community. The dance is performed almost entirely on the knees and consists of meaningful hand gestures and pulsations that extend out from the fingers. One or two dancers perform while the community forms a circle, singing and clapping with complex interlocking rhythms. Clapping, chanting, and dance technique will be taught in this experiential workshop.

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Afghan dance ~ Basic characteristics of the Afghan women’s dance include graceful hand gestures that frame the upper body, engagingly coy facial expressions, and beautiful turn sequences. This workshop explores the fundamentals of Afghan movement in a delightful choreography set to a 7/8 rhythm. The traditional dances of Attan, the national dance of Afghanistan, and Logari, “freeze-dance” Afghan-style, can also be introduced. This is a special opportunity to become introduced to the rich cultural landscape of Afghanistan.

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Indian Kalbelia ~ The Kabelia are a desert tribe of snake-charmers and dancers in Rajasthan India, considered one of the original groups that left India hundreds of years ago and moved west, eventually becoming known as the Roma (Gypsies). Their dance is called Sapera in hommage to their totem animal, the snake. Their dance was featured in the opening scene of Latcho Drom by Tony Gadlif. In this workshop, students will learn an upbeat and vivacious group choreography. Skirts will be needed.

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Central Asian dance ~ This workshop features an introduction to Central Asian dance fundamentals primarily from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, including characteristic hand and arm gestures, and rapid turns.