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Hannah Romanowsky M.A. has been researching, embodying, and teaching women’s dances from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia for over two decades. Initially trained in ballet, jazz, and musical theater, her life-long devotion to dance as a vehicle of joy, healing, and transformation inspired her to found the DanceVersity multi-cultural youth arts education program in 2005, and the Scheherazade School of Sacred Movement in 2017. In addition to sharing the profound healing benefits of dance, through her work Hannah also seeks to shine light on the rich cultural legacy of the Muslim world to a western audience in order to foster appreciation, connection, and an expanded vision of our shared humanity.
Hannah holds a B.A. in Dance Ethnology and World Music, and an M.A. in East-West Psychology. As a specialist in movement, healing and spirituality, her interdisciplinary background in women’s dance and rituals from the Middle East and Central Asia, religious studies, women’s spiritual history, psychological and spiritual development, philosophy, somatic trauma therapy, and ethnology informs her understanding and approach to dance as sacred expression and embodied medicine. While continuing to educate dance aficionados and the general public on dance technique, culture and history through performances, lecture presentations, classes, workshops, private coaching, and weekend intensives, Hannah also mentors clients therapeutically and hosts women’s sacred dance workshops and weekend immersions.
As a performing artist Hannah has danced in such venues at the British Museum, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, San Francisco’s esteemed Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Roof of the World Festival in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, the Desert Dance Festival in India, and on Chinese television. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Padida Dance Theater in Dushanbe, and has taught workshops in Europe and North America.