Bio ~ Artist & Teacher
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 starting at age 6, 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 Dance & Sacred Movement in 2017. In addition to sharing the profound healing benefits of movement, through her work Hannah also seeks to shine light on both the ancient spiritual history of women, and the rich cultural legacy of the world’s traditions 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 dance and culture, her background in the expressive arts and healing traditions from the Middle East and beyond, mysticism, women’s spirituality, psycho-spiritual development, and somatics 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 classes, workshops, private coaching, and weekend intensives, Hannah also mentors clients and hosts traditional and sacred dance workshops and weekend immersions.
Hannah has taught cultural dance history courses through the College of Marin, and has been a guest instructor and choreographer at U.C. Berkeley, Sonoma Dance Conservatory, San Domenico college preparatory, Marin School of the Arts and other institutions throughout the San Francisco bay area.
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 Artist-in-Residence at the Padida Dance Theater in Dushanbe, and has taught workshops and weekend intensives in Europe and North America. Her dance mentors include Katarina Burda, directer of Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, and Sharlyn Sawyer, director of Ballet Afsaneh. Additionally, she has trained with or collaborated with Suhaila Salimpour, Chitresh Das, Yaelisa, Antonia Minnocola.
Learn more about Hannah’s performance repertoire and book her for your next event HERE.
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