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About Hannah Cole
Hannah won her first dance competition aged 7, free-styling to "She wore an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot Bikini" at a local talent show in Northern California. 

Drawn to musical theatre throughout high school, Hannah first experienced partner dance while studying in Costa Rica.  She struck gold. "The gringa that learned to dance" became a familiar compliment, and within six months, her Costa Rican living room was transformed into a cozy dance school. Teaching nearly 20 students weekly in both English and Spanish.

But the learning had just begun. Hannah, returning to the United States then committed herself to being the best of dancers and teachers. She has since trained with many of the greatest Ballroom, Latin and Swing dance instructors in the nation.     

The famous Diane Jarmolow was but one mentor. Exhibiting a rare talent and enthusiasm, Hannah was soon drafted by Diane to instruct career-minded students at San Francisco's Metronome Ballroom while, of course, nurturing her own skills and students. Their special relationship further blossomed as the Metronome became one of the country's most successful independent dance studios, as Diane became known as the "teacher of teachers," and as Hannah became a most requested teacher.

Hannah lists a number of achievements during this period: An eight-dance collection of instructional videos for beginners; national spotlights on TV and newspapers; and numerous teaching awards. 

The desire to further focus on competition dancing also remained. So in 2004, Hannah was on the move again, this time to her current residence of Atlanta, forming a formidable partnership with Jari Muller.  In just a few months they performed in the Standard Division in Blackpool, England, and became 2004 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Smooth Finalists, among other achievements.       

A natural, unique teaching style has attracted students to Hannah from across the country: My technical precision, innate understanding of movement, love of people and sense of humor assists each dancer in achieving their greatest potential as they become increasingly confident, competent and expressive.   

Hannah teaches all levels of both the International and the American styles of Ballroom, Latin and Swing dance and through her dedication to promoting quality dance instruction she is the creator and director of the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Teachers Academy and regularly holds classes in Atlanta, San Francisco and other cities.  Hannah has been certified with highest honors by ISTD, DVIDA and Terpsichore, and is a DVIDA Regional Examiner (she certifies other teachers).  She is available for Pro/Am dance instruction, coaching, teacher training, and studio consulting.

 

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