Hannah Wendel is from Seattle, Washington and began dancing at the age of 5 at Dance Fremont. She continued her studies at the Boston Conservatory where she graduated summa cum laude in 2014. During her time at school, she had the honor of performing works by artists such as José Limón, Bill T. Jones, Trey McIntyre, Robert Moses, Francesca Harper, Karol Armitage and Daniel Pelzig. In her last year there, she performed as a guest artist with Karole Armitage at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. During school, she premiered two of her own works at the Boston Conservatory MainStage, one of which, Grass Fed won her the Julie Ince Thompson Award for Choreography. Hannah has spent her summers training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Gaga Summer Intensive in Tel Aviv, Impulstanz in Vienna, and at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.
Her true desire to create her own work began when studying Flying Low (David Zambrano) with Elia Mrak in August 2014. After an intensive workshop with him, she was the youngest dancer selected to perform in The Samurai Project with Elia Mrak, Martin Piliponsky and Viko Hernandez which premiered at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. She moved to New York City a month later and presented her first work in New York in collaboration with Groupmuse and other dancers at Gowanus Arts and Production, in February 2015. During that year she also joined as a full company member with Jody Oberfelder Projects, danced in a short film Nocturnal Patterns with Christian Sorensen Hansen at Lightbox Studios in The Bronx and performed as a guest artist in Not So Shiny The People Movers in New York that June. She performed again with Elia Mrak and other dancers in Sketches, produced by Floor Friends NYC at the Center For Performance Research in July 2015, and collaborated with Sarah Chien on Run, Trust, Echo which was selected by the Never Before, Never Again Festival at Triskellion Arts in January 2016.
Hannah began an exploration in solo improvisation, The Living Room Series in June 2016 and for the entire year she documented and posted her dance every week. In the spring of 2016 she toured with Jody Oberfelder Projects to Washington DC and in the fall, to Frankfurt, and Prague. Hannah will premiere The Brain Piece with Jody Oberfelder Projects at New York Live Arts at the end of June. This past May, she, in collaboration with Columbia University and Anna Reyes (dancer) and Vicente Atrias (drummer/composer) performed at Abrons Art Center as part of Forget All This. She most recently produced her own evening length show, Performance and a Party, and performed in collaboration with Yiannis Logothetis, Elia Mrak and Garrett Parker at an event space in Williamsburg.
In addition to creating and performing Hannah is a certified yoga instructor (200 hr RYT Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio) Reiki Level 1 +2 Attuned, and hosts donation-based improvisation workshop and jams at Chez Bushwick called spacejam.