Cindy Hanna holds a BA in Dance, MS in Exceptional Education, New York State certification in Physical Education and Health, and is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is a Performer and Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Western New York, in addition head of the Dance Department at Nardin Academy Elementary.
Previously, Cindy was head of the Dance/Movement based program at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. She continues to teach workshops for Buffalo schools, organizations and various dance studios. Cindy has performed with area dance companies such as Empire State Ballet, Buffalo City Ballet, Pick of the Crop Dance, and Buffalo Contemporary Dance.
The programs she is most proud of are as follows: Intergenerational Dance, where students and Senior Citizens from the Community join together using dance as the common denominator, the creator of Phoneme, Phonics and Pre-kindergarten, Fun Fundamentals, designed to assist with reading readiness through dance and song and The Interactive Dance Party, which stimulates body and brain while having lots of fun.
Cindy has presented at the National Dance Education Organization NDEO Conference in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is a board member of New York State Dance Education Association NYSDEA from 2015 to present. In 2009, she was Young Audience Teaching Artist of the Year, 2012 Nardin Academy gave her the dedicated teacher Spirit award and New York State Senator along with Young Audiences honored March 8, 2013 “Cindy Hanna Day” for her contributions with dance and education.