EveryBody Dances with Dr. Hanan Hameen

6.16.24 | 11am–12:30pm
June 16, 2024 | 11am–12:30pm |
Dance Studio


The Dance Studio is located on the lower level of Yale Schwarzman Center, 168 Grove Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Doors open at 10:30am.

Free and open to the public. 


Dr. Hanan Hameen, Photo: Mistina Hanscom/Lotta Studios 

EveryBody Dances @ Yale Schwarzman Center brings local and visiting dance artists to our Dance Studio to teach Sunday masterclasses in jazz, hip hop, salsa, modern, contemporary, precision dance and more! All community members are welcome.

This week's class features Dr. Hanan Hameen, Ed.D.  founder and executive director of Artsucation™ Academy Network. Dr. Hameen is an international arts, education, and curriculum expert with over forty years of dance experience.

In collaboration with the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, the Caribbean Heritage Festival, and Yale Schwarzman Center, come explore traditional celebratory Afrodiasporic dances from the Caribbean and West Africa to live drumming with a Dunham Barre warm-up, across the floor movement, and a Bantaba (dancing circle). 

Class Attire: Traditional African for Dance class. T-shirts, tank tops, Lapa (traditional wrap skirt for dancing) for ladies, dance pants or sweats for men, water, towel, and a smile for all. Ladies can also bring full circle skirts in addition to lapas. 

Accompaniment: Baba Brian Jarawa Gray 

Dr. Hanan Hameen, Photo : Supremeteam Media LLC 

Dr. Hanan Hameen Diagne, Ed.D., is a multi-hyphenate as an international arts, education, and curriculum expert, dancer, choreographer, singer, drummer, author, lecturer, arts organization founder, advocate for youth, Lupus, social justice, and Doctor of Education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Throughout her extensive dance career of over 40 years, she has choreographed for both major and independent recording artists and taught at several public schools, and 13 colleges, and universities throughout the USA and abroad. As a dancer, Dr. Hameen is trained in Dunham Technique, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, traditional African, traditional Caribbean folklore, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Latin, ballroom styles, and acrobatics. As a community organizer and culture curator, Dr. Hameen is the founder of the Artsucation™ Academy Network, Ms. Hanan's Dance and Beyond, Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, New Haven Hip Hop Conference, the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, the New Haven African Arts Alliance, and is the Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) DanceAfrica Candle Bearers under the appointment of the her dance grandfather Dr. Baba Chuck Davis, the founder of the festival. While battling Lupus as the Lupie-Licious Warrior, Dr. Hameen is a virtual Lupus support group facilitator helping other Lupus patients live actively after diagnosis, a mentor to arts administrators, trains teachers, and writes curricula for schools as an education consultant, domestically and abroad. She also provides Artsucational programming in the USA and African Diaspora through her Artsucation™ Hybrid Cultural Exchange programs in Senegal and South Africa as the Artsucation™ curriculum creator, Mandela Washington Reciprocal Exchange Alumni, and the New Haven Arts Council Phenomenal Woman Awardee. 

READ Why Don't We Dance More, in The New York Times!

Dr. Hanan Hameen, Photo: Alec Turner of www.turnerfamilyportraits.com