Situated at the intersection of dance, Jewish, and gender studies, Hannah Kosstrin researches Jewishness and gender in 20th-century concert dance. She teaches courses covering dance histories of the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Jewish diaspora, and the African diaspora, as well as courses in dance technique and the movement notation system Labanotation. She has also taught in the first-year Humanities sequence.
Hannah has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Congress on Research in Dance as Treasurer-Elect, and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Before coming to Reed, Hannah taught dance and dance studies in Boston, MA and central Ohio. She performed and presented choreography with, and wrote publicity for, Columbus Movement Movement (cm2), an organization that supported independent dance artists in Columbus, OH, that was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007. She served as the website content editor for Society of Dance History Scholars from 2005-2011.
Hannah's publications appear in Art Criticism, The International Journal of Screendance, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, with work forthcoming in Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies edited by Karen Eliot and Melanie Bales, and Dance Research Journal.
Hannah is currently the Project Director of Enhancing Dance Literacy: Dance Notation Through Touch Technology, a project to create a dance notation iPad app called KineScribe which is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanitites Digital Humanities Startup Grant. Learn more about this project at http://www.reed.edu/kinescribe.
Photo credits, left to right: Thaddeus Fortney, Ali Potvin, Tiffany Rhynard