Cindy Hanna is a dancer and educator. She was the recipient of the 2009 Teaching Artist of the Year award from Young Audiences. She holds a B.A. in Dance from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.S. in Special Education from Buffalo State College, as well as completing the criteria in Physical Education & Health. She is also a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is currently head of the Dance Department at Nardin Academy. Previously, Hanna ran the dance/movement-based program at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. She continues to teach dance workshops for Buffalo Schools, various dance studios, festivals and has taught dance at Canisius and D’Youville Colleges.
Hanna wanted to be ballerina since she was a child, and began her ballet training in kindergarten. She stuck with it, attending Buffalo’s Royal Academy of Ballet, and began performing professionally with Pick of the Crop. Just as they were leaving on tour, she gave birth to her daughter. Hanna stayed behind and began teaching all the company classes, realizing she had found her niche.
Hanna has performed with area dance companies such as Empire State Ballet, Buffalo City Ballet, and Buffalo Contemporary Dance. Her passion for dance is uniquely demonstrated in her enthusiasm for teaching and sharing her art form.
Art Forms: Dance, Ensemble
Interactive Fitness and Dance Party
Based on the same elements of the interactive dance party. This performance include a lesson on healthy living styles. A Healthy Living Choices basket is included for the coordinating teacher consisting of: a 10 piece set of portion size utensils (color-coded to go along with food pyramid), food pyramid chart, and a personal belonging bag.
Mother Goose on the Loose
Nursery Rhymes all “rapped” up in an interactive dance, song, and reciting program. The workshop is an approach to enhance the pre-reading readiness skills of our children giving them the head start they need. Reciting classic rhymes, singing rhymes, dancing rhymes during the workshop time. Going over rhyming words, diction and meaning to ensure what is essential and enduring for our young children. This workshop has a movement based flow to keep the students actively engaged.
Interactive Dance Party
This fun-filled, interactive dance-along with dancer/choreographer Cindy Hanna includes movin’ and groovin’ to upbeat tempos along with contemporary styles reflective to the audience. Hanna introduces steps anyone can do, and the students participate in every dance during the entire performance. Together Cindy and the students will exercise their bodies and at the same time exercise their brains. As Hanna explains, the neurons in the brain used for cross-over body movements are the same as those used in critical problem solving. So move your bodies to think, learn and problem solve more successfully, in the classroom, and in life!
This workshop may be extended into a residency of 3 workshops or more.
Classical Ballet Workshop
Basic skills, history of dance and dance appreciation along with the value of discipline are all explored in this fun and educational workshop.
Self-esteem and awareness are increased through a series of fun and exciting dance movements to contemporary music. Movements which enhance body coordination, memorization skills and cooperation are all explored in this energetic workshop. Themes are based on age-appropriate repertory and can include special education classes and multi-cultural dances (i.e., Chinese Ribbon Dance). Dance workshop can be adapted to any classroom curriculum on request. Lesson plans furnished upon request.