Hannah Nicole Marr, from Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated in May 2017 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a BFA in Contemporary Dance under the direction of Susan Jaffe. At the age of two, Hannah had already begun developing a strong interest for movement and art. This interest turned into a great love, and led her through her Junior year of High School, training in Raleigh at CC & Co. Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. In High School, Hannah's interest for Professional Modern/Contemporary dance sparked even more, while she was also being taught by Glenda Mackie. Once a High School Senior, Hannah auditioned and began attending UNCSA. She then continued on there to graduate from college in three years.
Hannah is a company member with OM Grown Dancers in Durham, NC under the direction of Courtney OM. With OM Grown, Hannah has performed at several different festivals located in places including the Dominican Republic, Oklahoma, and Virginia. OM Grown Dancers premiered their first full length show, 'The EVOL//you//TION inFULL' in June 2017. In February 2018, they premiered 'Alkhawf', part one of what will be a trilogy in years to come.
Hannah is a company member with ShaLeigh Dance Works in Durham, NC. In December 2017, ShaLeigh Dance Works premiered 'I Promise'. In January 2018, they traveled to perform in NYC at APAP with Booking Dance Festival. In May they will return to NYC to perform in 'Under Exposed' at Dixon Place. In June 2018 they will perform a new work in collaboration with Elizabeth Corbett at the PSI Theatre in Durham, NC.
Hannah dances with Black Box Dance in Raleigh, NC. With Black Box, Hannah performs at Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The company is also working on a full-length piece that will premier at Stewart Theater in May 2018.
Hannah teaches modern, contemporary, and improv dance classes at ThreeHouse Studios in Durham, NC.
Hannah does administration and teaching at Stage Door Dance in Brier Creek. Through Stage Door Dance, she teaches dance classes at Voyager Academy Elementary School.
While at UNCSA Hannah received 4 years of professional training in performance, composition/choreography, pedagogy/teaching, acting, and dance on film. She took technique classes in ballet, contemporary, and different styles of modern such as Cunningham, Limon, Release Technique, Countertechnique, Horton, Graham, and more.
Hannah has been privileged to have been selected and perform works by Paul Taylor, Doug Varone, Martha Graham, Kira Blazek, Juel D. Lane, Netta Yerushalmy, T. Lang, Wayne McGregor, Ming- Lung Yang, and many others.
For a setting of a Doug Varone piece titled "Democracy", Hannah was selected to perform as the lead role. In a setting of a Paul Taylor original work "Esplanade", she was chosen to perform the solo originally done by Ruthie Andrien, the current director of the Taylor 2 company. In addition, while at the American Dance Festival, Hannah was chosen by Netta Yerushalmy to perform and be in the original cast of a work titled "Pictograms". She was also asked by T. Lang to perform in her piece in the ADF faculty concert 2 years in a row.
Hannah has been chosen to attend audition-based summer intensives including Body Traffic and Movement Invention Project. She has also attended the American Dance Festival; twice for the 6 week school and once for the Dance Professional's Workshop in 2017.
At CC & Co Dance Complex she received training in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, musical theater, and hip-hop. While there, she had the honor of being selected to perform pieces by Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Teddy Forence, Lauren Adams, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, and others. In her years at CC & Co. Hannah attended The Collective intensive in L.A. with Mandy Moore. She received numerous "VIP dancer" awards from many different conventions including Jump, NUVO, NYCDA, 24/7, and The Pulse. She also attended The Dance Awards where she performed in The Beacon Theater in NYC.
In addition, through summer intensives, residencies, and master classes, Hannah has trained with other notable dancers such as Ashley Lindsey, Jesse Zaritt, Helen Simoneau, Dawn Bazemore, and Daniel Charon.
Hannah has been trained in Pedagogy, through her education at UNCSA, and at the Dance Professional's Workshop intensive at the American Dance Festival. She is skilled in teaching K-12, as well as college and professional level classes. Her teaching styles include contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Hannah currently teaches at ThreeHouse Studios, Stage Door Dance Studio, and Voyager Academy.
Hannah has choreographed professional works and has studied composition thoroughly. This deep study developed into a strong passion for choreography, and she also enjoys integrating this love into her performance work.
(See some of Hannah's Choreography found under the 'media' page.)
Hannah has taken several dance for film classes and is skilled in editing. Her film "FRAMED" can be found under the 'media' page. She is also into fitness and is considering becoming certified as a personal trainer in the future.