Ms. Hanan Hameen, MSEdL, is the creator of the Artsucation™ curriculum, Founder/Director of the Artsucation™ Academy Network and Ms. Hanan’s Dance and Beyond, Associate Director Emeritus of Uptown Dance Academy, President, Co-Founder and Director of Programming and Youth Leadership of the New Haven Hip-Hop Conference, and Artistic Director of the Healing Drum Society.
Currently, Ms. Hanan is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Administration, a Masters equivalent in Dance Education, her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership with an Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership, is a support group facilitator through the Lupus Foundation of America, and an author. Additionally, she is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Ms. Hanan’s creative mission is to help the youth through her creation, the Artsucational™ curriculum - utilizing the arts to improve academics, increasing knowledge of self through history to promote social justice through the arts, and create productive adults in society.
Before Lupus diagnosis in 2010, Ms. Hanan had a successful professional dance career of over 30 years which included curriculum development, being a private studio instructor and Administrator of over 20 years, NYS Certified Dance Educator of 7 years and Principal, training over 10,000 people, founding 4 dance companies, owning/operating 3 dance schools, instructing for 7 colleges and universities, performing with 12 dance companies domestic and abroad, performing annually in Dance Africa since 1997, as well as choreographing fashion shows, music videos, showcases, college tours and stage shows for Independent and Major Recording Artists, and commercials.
Now being employed disabled, she battles Lupus as a part-time Dance Mentor and Director of the Premiere Dance Company at Neighborhood Music School, and she is also a university guest lecturer. Ms. Hanan continues to inspire by using her extensive dance experience of over 30 years to help fellow warriors combat their illness through Lupie-Licious Fitness, her book Rebirth of a Dancer: Lupus Tried to Kill Me but Dancing Saved My Life, and through Artsucational™ events to uplift the community in New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, and abroad.