(Director, Choreographer, Dancer)
Hannah, a New Jersey native, began training in high school under the instruction of Sharron Miller. She continued on to graduate summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase, earning a BFA in Performance and Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Hannah received the Adopt A Dancer Scholarship, Outstanding Senior Award, and Study Abroad Scholarship, which financed her semester abroad at the Beijing Dance Academy. While at Purchase, Hannah performed in works by Adam Barruch, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Rosalind Newman, Claire Porter, and Nicole Wolcott. Since graduating, Hannah has worked with Doug Varone & Dancers, Sue Bernhard Danceworks, Megan Williams Dance, Kathleen Helm & Dancers, and Rovaco Dance Company in venues such as The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, and New York Live Arts. Her work with 2nd Best Dance Company has been commissioned by SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (2018) where she continues to be a guest teaching artist. Hannah's choreography has also been presented through Mark Morris Dance Group/Duffy Performance Space, Dixon Place, New York International Fringe Festival, Triskelion Arts, The Wassaic Project, and appears in music videos for artists such as Half Waif and Frankie Cosmos (upcoming). Hannah currently teaches in New York City and New Jersey.
(Dancer, Rehearsal Director)
Will, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a performer, educator, and activist. Will graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance, having spent a term on exchange at London Contemporary Dance School. Will is currently an Artistic Associate with Gibney Dance Company, performing works by Bryan Arias and Amy Miller in GDC’s Spring Season. Will is also a Community Actionist at Gibney, working with young people to prevent violence and promote healthy relationship knowledge, and teaching movement workshops for survivors of intimate partner violence. Will served as company apprentice for Doug Varone and Dancers’ 2017 BAM season, and has also performed works by Kyle Abraham, Fernando Melo, Chuck Wilt, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Crystal Pite, in venues such as New York Live Arts, Sadler's Wells, and New York City Center. Will is a frequent collaborator with Hannah Garner’s 2nd Best Dance Company, serving as performer and rehearsal director. Will is also a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee, which participates in a range of professional development activities and critical dialogues about the New York dance field with a focus on equity, inclusion, and advocacy.
(Dancer, Housewarming Collaborator)
Ryan was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and began his dance training at the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. He later moved to New York and received his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Ryan has had the pleasure of dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers, Loni Landon Dance Project, 2nd Best Dance Company, and Sidra Bell Dance New York (Apprentice). He has also performed as a guest dancer with Gibney Dance Company and Santa Barbara Dance Theater. As a choreographer, Ryan has created work for the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts and The Juilliard School.
Courtney is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and began her dance training at Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. She then attended SUNY Purchase where she received her BFA in dance and performed works by Kyle Abraham, Kevin Wynn, Martha Graham and performed as an original cast member of Polaris by Crystal Pite at Sadler’s Wells.Courtney is currently based out of New York City and has worked with Shannon Gillen, Kensaku Shinohara and Loni Landon. She currently works with Doug Varone and Hannah Garner’s 2nd Best Dance Company.
Andi Farley Shimota
Ariel Noltimier Strauss