Hannah Andersen (MFA, BFA, FMT, CPT) is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University where her teaching centers around dance science and dancer wellness, improvisation and technique, and managing the Pilates curriculum and apprenticeship program. She is driven most by creating spaces for dancers to investigate the synergies between health and wellness practices and dance education. Awarded the 2017 “Doug Risner Prize for an Emerging Dance Researcher” in the Journal of Dance Education, her research, teaching, and choreography exploring the intersection of science, somatics, and pedagogy are recognized by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, and American College Dance Association. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Bridge Dance Project (SE Michigan), and the Dance Science and Somatics Educators Group. A Pacific Northwest native, Hannah was Lead Dance Faculty at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA) for nearly a decade where she designed and implemented the dance curriculum. She has received awards including Outstanding Graduate Student in Dance, the Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship, and the NDEO Graduate Student Award while serving as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon. She spent three seasons performing with Bellingham Repertory Dance.