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Dancer with Hoop

Judith Lynne Hanna

Advisory Board

Bethesda, MD

Judith Lynne Hanna, Ph.D., Columbia University, is Affiliate Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland. She has been dancing since age 8 beginning with ballet, moving on to modern, Haitian, dances in Africa, Latin America, belly dance, flamenco, and hip hop, most recently dancing with her grandson, 18 year old influencer Merrick Hanna on TikTok and YouTube. Her research beginning in 1963 focuses on dance as nonverbal communication. Her eight books and over 300 academic and popular articles include dance semiotics, education, healing (coping with stress), the performer-audience connection, sex and gender, children, politics, culture, and the brain (cognition, emotion, and movement).  She served as a dance critic; grant evaluator, consultant for school, government, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and an expert court witness in First Amendment cases related to strip tease/adult entertainment. She taught courses on dance at universities in the United States, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. See

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