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Judith Lynne Hanna is a an educator, consultant, writer, dance critic and an expert court witness in adult entertainment exotic dance cases nationwide. Her debut on Comedy Central/Colbert Report was November 8, 2012.
She has a Ph.D. in anthropology, from Columbia University, an M.A. in political science from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. Hanna is an Affiliate Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland.
A student and performer of various dance genres since she was eight years old, Hanna has conducted dance research in villages and cities in Africa, and theaters, school playgrounds, classrooms and strip clubs in the United States. She explores how dance communicates in its social and political contexts. In addition she has conducted research in schools and urban areas and among university students.
Her landmark books are: To Dance Is Human: A Theory of Nonverbal Communication (University of Chicago Press), Dance, Sex, and Gender (University of Chicago Press), The Performer-Audience Connection: Emotion to Metaphor in Dance and Society (University of Texas Press), Partnering Dance and Education: Intelligent Moves for Changing Times (Human Kinetics Press), Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress (Altamira) Disruptive School Behavior: Class, Race, and Culture (Holmes & Meier), Urban Dynamics in Black Africa, co-author (Transaction), Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right, (University of Texas Press), and Dancing to Learn: The Brain's Cognition, Emotion, and Movement (Rowman & Littlefield).
Hanna's more than three hundred articles appear in, e.g., American School Board Journal, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Arts Education Policy Review, Ballet Review, Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Creativity in Performance, Comparative Urban Research, Current Anthropology, Dance, Gender and Culture, Dance and the Child, Dance International, Dance Magazine, Dance Research Journal, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, The Drama Review, Education Next, Education Week, Educational Researcher, Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, Exotic Dance, First Amendment Lawyers Association Proceedings, Interethnic Communication, Journal of Dance Education, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Sex Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Principal Leadership, New York Times, Play and Culture Studies, Policy Studies Review, Stagebill, Teaching Artist Journal, Washington Parent, and Washington Post.
Since 1995, she has served as an expert court witness nationwide in nearly 150 First Amendment and other cases related to adult entertainment exotic dance. Her testimony is quoted in court decisions and the media, and her views on exotic dance have been solicited by, e.g., Corpus Christie Caller Times (TX), North Scott Press (IA), News Tribute, Tacoma/Seattle (WA), City Paper (DC), Washington Post (DC), Roanoke Times (VA), KYCW-FM Young Country (WA), 790-KABC Los Angeles (CA), American Urban Networks (110 radio stations), and numerous TV stations, such as MSNBC and BBC.
Trained at UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Hanna earned a California Teaching Credential and was a Los Angeles City School social studies and English teacher. She has taught dance and about dance in community centers and at several universities. At the Gill High School in Bernardsville, N.J., in 1972, she developed a unique dance program encompassing social studies and writing. Hanna offered pre-service and in-service training in dance for studio, academy, and public school teachers and administrators in, e.g., North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Staff Development Weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools/Cultural Educational Collaborative of North Carolina, and Vail International Dance Festival. She has taught the anthropology of dance to youngsters in a Kuchipudi summer dance camp. For the Alliance for Arts Education and other organizations nationwide and abroad, she has given invited keynotes and presentations.
Hanna has lectured at more than 50 colleges and universities, addressed more than 30 association meetings and special conferences and seminars; published her work in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, Netherlands, Poland, Santo Domingo, Sweden, and United Kingdom; and appeared on radio and television in Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, and the U.S.