Hannah Sullivan

Dance and Elective Teacher

Hannah Sullivan (she/her) is a west Michigan-based choreographer, performer and educator whose new works have been performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet, Dance in the Annex (DITA), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Blue Lake International Ballet Ensemble, Macomb Ballet Company, Muskegon Dance Company, School of Grand Rapids Ballet, Young Peoples’ Ballet Theatre, HIS Dance Academy and most recently Betka-Pope Production’s Chicago. Hannah is a featured performer and choreographer with DITA in screendance films, site-specific works, and concerts. Her films monogrammatic (2018), Dear Flamingo (2021), and Gravida (2021) have shown in festivals and won awards across the globe including MoziMotion (the Netherlands), Festval de Cinema da Bienal de Curitiba (Brazil), MonzaFilm Festival (Best Comedy, Italy), Reale Film Festival (Honorable Mention, Milan), Pine Wood Studios (UK), Festival Del Cinema De Cefalu (Sicily), Manifest 2022 (India), Tipperary International Dance Festival (Ireland), Inshort Film Festival (Nigeria), Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2022 (Mumbai), ScreenDance International (Project Michigan Juror’s Choice, Detroit, MI), RADFest (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Film Fest by Rogue Dancer, Dancentric Film Festival (Best Duet, Florida), Dance on Screen Festival (Austria), Small Axe Radical Film Awards (UK), iFFY (Ypsilatni, MI), Central Michigan International Film Festival (Mt. Pleasant, MI), Wayne State University (Detroit) and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Hannah is an ArtPrize 2014 juror-award winning collaborator with DITA’s respirador (breather) under artistic directors Amy & Erin Wilson. Alongside Tassia Johnson (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Hannah co-wrote/directed/choreographed original contemporary ballets for the HIS Dance Ensemble from 2011-2018 including Royal, Toymaker, Ark, Red and Desert. While performing and touring with the Wayne State University Dance Company from 1999-2001, Hannah received the Maggie Allessee Copperfoot Award for choreography. Hannah received a Bachelor of Social work with a minor in dance, a Master of Social Work with concentrations in interpersonal work and cognitive behavior therapy, and a Graduate Certificate in marriage and family therapy. As an educator, Hannah enjoys guest teaching throughout Michigan and has been teaching faculty at pre-professional and intensive programs including Grand Rapids Ballet, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and the HIS Dance Academy. When Hannah isn’t moving or creating movement, she sits down with her clients as a mental health, relationship and sex therapist with Grand Rapids Specialty Therapy.

What inspires you?
Being part of community that offers joy, creativity and healing!

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Dwight Schrute from “The Office”

What was your favorite after school snack growing up?
My mom’s homemade bread. With lots of butter.