Hannah trained as a dance artist, working for over 20 years in the UK Dance Sector in roles including Artistic Producer and Programmes Director. Hannah is a champion for dance development, working across Yorkshire and beyond with a commitment to making the arts accessible for everyone. She has directed a diverse range of projects in the UK and abroad, often working with those with least access and opportunity to the arts. Hannah has expertise in co-production, partnership working, coaching and community development.
Hannah has an unwavering commitment to widening access for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in dance. She has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion as demonstrated through a range of programmes. Hannah is highly skilled in co-design and co-creation with communities with an emphasis on intergenerational practice. She has developed Yorkshire Dance’s offer for older adults by designing and implementing a range of programmes such as Young at Arts, We Danced, Dance On and In Mature Company. In 2019, Hannah developed Ageless Festival which champions work around age and ageing.
Hannah has designed and developed numerous projects and programmes for Yorkshire Dance including: Dance Transports (artist exchange programme), Encounters Festivals (annual festival programme bringing together communities and professional artists in shared experiences), Dancing with Your Neighbours (a community cohesion project for young people), Dance Whispers (developing the choreographic voices of young people), Young At Arts (a co-design project for adults aged 55+),
Hannah has a genuine passion for developing and nurturing teams and is a qualified Relational Dynamics Coach, committed to embedding coaching practices into team development. Her expertise in nurturing, guiding and supporting arts organisations, is proven through her work as a trustee for Dance United Yorkshire (2018 – 2021) and the Writing Squad (2016 – present), a National Portfolio Organisation supporting the next generation of writers in the North of England.
This biography was provided by the facilitator.