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Hanan is also an accomplished teacher. Her instruction style is holistic; focusing on the dancer’s internal process of self-discovery and reliance, challenging the pupil to dig deeper into the space of creation while acquiring technical precision. Disappointed by the commercial prevalence of the genre, Hanan created the Dance Empowerment Project and changed the focus of her teaching and performance career to address issues of social consciousness, activism and positive change. The DEP is a mind, body and soul approach to Middle Eastern dance. Through various grants and partnerships with non-for-profit organizations, Hanan uses Middle Eastern dance to promote healing and recovery to adult survivors of child sexual abuse, victims and survivors of domestic battery (Safespace) and incarcerated women at the Dade County Correctional Facility among other diverse populations. She has also had programs for at-risk and adjudicated girls through the AYUDA center in Miami Beach and the Dominican American National Foundation in Allapattah. Hanan has decades of teaching experience through Florida International University, Miami-Dade Wolfson, The Mideastern Dance Exchange, the Miami Light Project/Lightbox, Bellymotions, Bozenka’s Bellydance Academy and Belly2abs studios. International residencies include Buenos Aires, Argentina through Amir Thaleb’s Arabian Ballet, “Bellydance Cuba” and St. Lucia through Siham Sana.

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