Assistant Professor of Dance
Dr. Hannah Park originally from Dae-Gu, South Korea, is a dance educator, dance advocate, artist, movement specialist, researcher, and administrator. She holds a PhD with a research emphasis on dance education, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Temple University, an MFA in dance performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a BFA in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase-Conservatory of Dance, a diploma in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is also a certified Laban/Bartinieff movement analyst. She has performed with the Purchase Dance Company and the Second Avenue Dance Company in New York and, and has worked with or performed works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Neil Greenburg, Kay Cummings, Gus Solomon Jr., Kun-Yang Lin, Jin-Wen Yu, Lisa Kraus, Philip Grosser, Ananya Dance Theatre, and Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, among others. Her choreographic works have debuted in both New York City and Korea, and she has presented papers and workshops at conferences, including National Dance Education Organization, National Dance Association, American College Dance Festival, AAHPERD-Midwest, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and dance and the Child International (daCi). Prior to joining Lander University, she taught at Temple University and Laban/Bartinieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC and served as a dance specialist at the University of Utah’s Virginia Tanner Creative Dance program, where she taught dance in public elementary schools through the Arts in Education program, and was a faculty member of its Children's Dance Theater and Studio Program, which included classes for dancers with disabilities. She delights in being connected with the art of dance through teaching in diverse settings, exploring dance and choreographic practices, and somatic movement practices and community interaction, and continues to engage in research inquiry into these areas. Her current research interests include dance and creative meaning-making processes, embodied pedagogy, arts integration, culturally relevant teaching, best practices in dance education in K-12 and in higher education and curriculum development, and dance and social justice. At Lander University, she teaches various practical and theoretical courses in dance and creative processes, including dance-related theory and pedagogy, and directs and choreographs for the university’s dance performance group, Lander Dance Company.