Raised in Syracuse, Hanni began her early training at the Lorraine Havercroft School of Dance. She danced her way through a BA at Oberlin College and Syracuse University, after which she spent time performing extensively in Europe for revues and national television. Back in the U.S., she continued performing primarily in musical theatre, touring nationally and working at regional theatres. Between shows, she returned to NYC to take classes with many notable teachers at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Djoniba’s, and the David Howard Studio.
Returning to Syracuse, Hanni taught ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, and modern at the Onondaga Dance Institute, and the Dance Arts Studio. She has worked in the Utica public schools with their Arts in Education program as a Teaching Artist, and facilitated teacher workshops for both the Utica and Syracuse Arts in Education Institutes. In addition, Hanni has taught ballet at the Syracuse University Drama Department as an adjunct professor.
Most recently, Hanni was instrumental in helping build and expand the Dance program for the Performing Arts Department at Manlius Pebble Hill School, where she devoted her time to teaching dance classes, and directing and choreographing the Upper and Middle School musical productions. She is also the founder and director of the Broadway style dance entertainment group, Dancematazz.
Always seeking to expand and share her knowledge of valuable teaching techniques and practices, Hanni is now a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® teacher, and is excited to be the first to bring this highly regarded, effective technique to the Syracuse area!
Ms. Hanni is currently serving as the Director of the DTS Junior Ensemble.