In 2006, Christin Hanna taught a week-long workshop for local students and performed a lecture demonstration to an audience of ten people. Upon her return to Tahoe in 2008, she founded Tahoe Youth Ballet with 6 local dancers with the mission to offer first-rate training in classical and contemporary ballet, while offering performance opportunities alongside professional dancers.
Tahoe Youth Ballet's original company members, 2008. L to R: Fathom Neft, Michelle Cahill, Sierra Barter, Sierra Walsh & Katie Mowris. Photo by Danielle Hankinson Photography
In 2015, the production component of Tahoe Youth Ballet evolved in to what is now the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, a 501c3 nonprofit dance company that produces its own works in addition to presenting guest dance companies from throughout the United States.
Tahoe Youth Ballet remains the official school of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and offers the finest training in the Lake Tahoe area for ballet, contemporary, and modern dance.
A Tahoe native, Christin Hanna trained at the Nevada Festival Ballet in Reno under Maggie Banks and Cheryl Bruce. She returned to Lake Tahoe after a busy career as a freelance artist and teacher in New York City. She has danced with an array of companies in the United States including Nevada Festival Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet NY, Cincinnati Ballet, and most prominently, Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet. She has trained with New York’s greatest teachers, including Wilhelm Burmann, David Howard, Deborah Wingert, and Peff Modelski.
Miss Hanna was with New Chamber Ballet since its inception in 2004, performing in their regular seasons at New York’s City Center Studios as well as touring to Philadelphia, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Cologne, Germany. As a part of NCB, Christin has participated in Dancers Responding to AIDS, Ballet Builders, and was featured in a solo performance in the 92nd St Y’s “Fridays At Noon” series. The New York Times’ Roslyn Sulcas called Christin’s farewell performance with the company “a touching scene of tears, cheers, hugs and bouquets... a testament to Ms. Hanna’s fine dancing.” (July 1, 2008)
In 2006, Christin started NCB’s Lake Tahoe Project, an annual workshop and performance in her hometown to educate and enrich area students and audiences to the beauty of live music and dance. In continuation of that mission, she founded Tahoe Youth Ballet to offer the young dancers of her community the chance to work with professional teachers, choreographers, and dancers.
Christin Hanna is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.