Mandy Hackman started dancing and climbing things at the age of three. A childhood of competitive dance and intensive classical training at Point Park University gave way to a college degree in contemporary dance at Sarah Lawrence College, after which Mandy started a contemporary dance career in New York and fell in love with aerial arts. Mandy has since performed with many circus and dance companies including Rainbow Militia and Control Group in Colorado, Sinecdoche Dance and Daniel Gwirtzman in New York. She worked as the director of circus for Double Blind Productions’ “Escape Velocity” in PA, and created a nationally touring improvisational acrobatic dance troupe, Tree Project. Her circus adventures have brought her everywhere, from secret shows in abandoned warehouses to the Kennedy Center.
Mandy has taught aerial arts, contemporary dance, and composition nationally and internationally, including at the US Aerial Dance Festival and Excessive Realness Dance Festival in recent years. Mandy comes to Boston via Colorado, where she was a company member of Frequent Flyers Productions and taught Kinesiology for Movement Artists at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also produces her own work and is a founding member of interdisciplinary collaborative ShapeShifter Collective. As a coach, Mandy is passionate about movement efficiency, balancing technique with theory, and a sense of discovery.