ANIMAL Dance is a performance and production company, directed by Hanna Satterlee, based in Burlington Vermont. Our artistic work highlights the sentience shared between species, honoring the ephemeral language of the body in motion. Our curations and productions are designed to support independent artists, through informal and formal performances, artists' exchange groups, and classes and workshops.


By ANIMAL Dance, directed by Hanna Satterlee, with dancers: Marisa Hall, Maia Sauer, Nicole Dagesse.

Performance dates and more info can be found here.


Thank you to those who participated in the first ever
INSTINCT Experimental Dance Festival of 2024.

Save the dates for 2025!

Monday-Friday, January 6-10: INSTINCT Festival
Saturday, January 11: ANIMAL Dance performances

Thanks to our space host, we'll be back at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theater in Burlington, Vermont!

Experimental dance celebrates the weird, the wild, with an ever-changing definition of style and form. Experimental dance creates space for all types of expression, ranging from conceptual and abstract, to mythical story telling and poetic spirituality. It is a vehicle for investigation, understanding, and reimagining the complexities of each moment. Through media, music, movement and mystery, experimental artists bring the human experience into an imaginative reality, to help us all remember to ask “What else is possible?”

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ANIMAL Dance Services

ANIMAL Dance is available for Production & Consulting services as well as for performance projects. Please find more info here.

Follow ANIMAL Dance on Instagram @animaldancevt


In 2015 an evening length piece titled “ANIMAL” was premiered, after a two year developmental process that included 15 public performance drafts in various locations with varying casts, costumes, and technical elements. When the show wrapped, I imagined the piece would transform into a company, and the animal-body-dance-language work could continue in new iterations, to tell new stories. After grad school, nonprofit management, lots of travel and various zigs and zags, that has finally become a realization instead of a dream!

Hanna Satterlee Productions

Past productions, by formerly known "Hanna Satterlee Productions" Co. can be found here.

Image: Video capture from "Forget Me Not" by Andreas John


Major past productions, by ANIMAL Dance can be found here.
Others are listed below:

Tender Hearts

An evening length dance performance that weaves together personal and mythical story. A tour of the human emotional experience through an abstract movement journey. Premiered in 2023.

More info here.

Gaga/People Class

Taught by Maree ReMalia
Produced by ANIMAL Dance

This class teaches the Gaga movement language which originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic and ever-changing power of movement, developed by choreographer, Ohad Naharin.

Wednesday Sept 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
North Star Community Hall, Burlington, VT

More information on Vermont Dance Alliance.
Press release can be found here.

Art in the Garden Performance Tour

A collective of Vermont artists join together to offer an interdisciplinary immersive performance tour throughout the beautiful Horsford Gardens and Nursery grounds. A live theater and dance performance. An annual summer happening produced by Hanna Satterlee/ANIMAL Dance as part of the Horsford Art in the Garden series. Come delight! This performance was presented on Sunday, August 6, 2023.

See program here
Horsford Nursery and Gardens

LOOM Ensemble "Tell Me How You Breathe"

Hanna Satterlee of ANIMAL Dance, directed a Vermont Dance Ensemble, that toured with Loom Ensemble during July 2023! Loom Ensemble, directed by Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks, created a musical about climate change:  "Tell Me How You Breathe" for outdoor parks in MA, VT and NY this summer. ANIMAL Dance produced their Montpelier and Burlington performances.

More info here.

Concentric Creatives

“Concentric Creatives” was a monthly showcase of new works by an interdisciplinary cohort of six professional Vermont artists of varying disciplines, produced by Jen Berger of At the Root and Hanna Satterlee of ANIMAL Dance.  From February through May of 2023, the public was invited to see new projects, listen while the Creative Cohort publicly discussed the work, and then join in the public conversation to ask questions and offer feedback.