curious. creative. driven

Hannah Andersen (MFA, Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor) grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University where she teaches dance science, somatics, Pilates, contemporary modern technique, and improvisation. She served as Lead Dance Faculty and PE Faculty at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA for nearly a decade where she designed and implemented the first dance curriculum. Hannah received the 2017 “Doug Risner Prize for an Emerging Scholar,” in the Journal of Dance Education for her article “Somatics, Transfer Theory, and Learning: six case studies.” Her research, teaching, and choreography are recognized by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Dance Science and Somatics Educators, American College Dance Association, and the Dance Educators Association of Washington where she was a regional ambassador from 2017-2019. Recent residencies include Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Allegheny College, Gonzaga University, and the North Star Ballet. She has served as teaching faculty at Western Washington University, and was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2016 Dean’s Fellowship, and 2015 NDEO Graduate Student Award while serving as a Teaching Fellow at University of Oregon. Hannah spent three seasons as performer, choreographer, and faculty with Bellingham Repertory Dance 501c(3), and directs Hannah Andersen Dance, an organization that promotes accessible dance and Pilates education through workshops, classes, performances, and outreach.

  • 2017 Doug Risner Prize  Journal of Dance Education

  • 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student in Dance  University of Oregon

  • 2015-2016 Teller-Singer Dean's Award University of Oregon

  • 2015 Graduate Student Award NDEO

  • 2014-2017 Graduate Teaching Fellow University of Oregon Dance

  • 2008 Gutchow Dance Scholarship Western Washington University 


choreography: AT Moffett, somebodies dance theater // photo credits: Pam Cressall, Tiffany Burke, Preston Hoffman