Hannah Dirks

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Washington, DC

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Hannah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 18 and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

Dance has been a part of my life for 20 years! I began lessons when I was in kindergarten and it was love at first sight. I danced and competed through high school but a series of injuries kept me from pursuing a professional career in college. Instead, I pursued a degree in history while teaching for a local competition studio. My dancers frequently placed top 10 in the national circuit and my choreography and costume designs received several awards.

During college, I discovered theatre and began to merge my love of self-expression and story telling with the dance technique I had practiced for so long. This helped me discover a unique and personalized style of choreography that gave me opportunity to help my students develop not only a love of dance, but also confidence, healthy self-expression, and communication skills.

After college, I worked towards my MA in War, Media, and Society while continuing to do freelance choreography. After moving to DC in 2016 to work as a legislative assistant, I missed dance too much and knew I needed to find a way to fit it into my life! I began teaching private ballet and creative movement classes for my first client and absolutely loved being able to share my knowledge and love for this art form on a one-on-one basis with my students.

I have 5 years of experience teaching beginner ballet and creative movement, and 4 years teaching the following: ballet for ages 5-18, pointe for ages 13-18, jazz & musical theatre for ages 5-18, and tap for ages 5-12. I have a wide variety of choreography experience for solo, duet, trio, small, and large groups of all ages in ballet, pointe, contemporary, and character jazz.

I believe teaching dance is so much more than pointing toes and making beautiful lines (although those things are certainly important). I want to help my students develop important life skills, communicate feelings through movement, and learn to use the art of dance as a healthy outlet for stress and communication.

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Experience

Private Ballet Lessons
Aug 2017 - Present
Independent Client

Teaching pre-ballet and creative movement to two young students in their own home.
I tailor curriculum and standards to meet individual needs.
Putting together two small showcases annually to allow the students to build confidence in performance.

Instructor and choreographer
Aug 2011 - Jul 2015
Studio Pro Dance and Fitness

Taught a variety of recreational classes in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz.
Assisted in competition team training.
Choreography for both recreational and competition level classes.
Developed and taught curriculum.
Prepared classes for an annual recital.
Helped plan and coordinate annual recital.

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Education

MA, War, Media, & Society
Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
University of Kent, Canterbury
BA, History
Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Training Certificate
Jun 2014
Finis Jhung Foundations of Ballet Technique

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8 Reviews

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Anthony Nov 10, 2018
Dance · In home

Hannah is a lovely, experienced teacher who would make you enjoy dancing and feel comfortable. Highly-recommended!

Margie Sep 20, 2018
Dance · In studio

Miss Hannah is an excellent dance instructor. She was my daughter's ballet teacher for four years. She was also responsible for some of our competitive dance team's choreography. The dance team received many awards because of her dedication to them. My daughter is now a member of her college dance team. She could not have gone on to compete at the college level without teachers like Miss Hannah and the other instructors at our dance studio.

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Riley Sep 17, 2018
Dance · In studio

Hannah is a wonderful instructor. She is extremely knowledgable and passionate about dance. She is caring and patient with all of her students. Having Hannah as a dance instructor was truly a privilege.

CHRISTAL Sep 17, 2018
Dance · In studio

Not only is Hannah a wonderful person, she is a hard working and dedicated teacher that you can trust to teach your child to do the same while having fun!!

Diane Sep 17, 2018
Dance · In studio

Hannah is such a great dance teacher! She is very patient when teaching ballet technique. I would highly recommend her!

Olivia Sep 17, 2018
Dance · In studio

Hannah is the most kind hearted individual. She is always prompt & ready to teach when she would come to teach. She makes student she works with feel special about themselves, no matter the skill level of the student. Her specialty is ballet and she brought several new techniques and ideas when she first came to the studio. You will not be disappointed when you take class from Hannah.

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Jan Sep 16, 2018
Dance · In studio

Hannah is great with all ages! She taught both of my girls for several years. Very professional and high quality! She taught more than dance to my girls! Life lessons, confidence, enthusiasm and many more qualities were taught to them by Hannah!

Anna Sep 13, 2018
· In home

Hannah is the ideal ballet teacher. She has an impressive teaching resume which is evident in the way she tailors each lesson to the child. She’s quick to encourage or offer suggestions for improvement, while providing loving structure. My daughters ADORE ballet and I owe this to Hannah’s dedication and skill.

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