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.

Tender Hearts

ANIMAL Dance presents: "Tender Hearts," an evening length dance performance that weaves together personal and mythical story. Directed by Hanna Satterlee and performed by Jessie Owens, Mireya Guerra, Nicole Dagesse and Marisa Hall. A tour of the human emotional experience through an abstract movement journey.

See full program here.

Join us for the last leg of our tour!

McCarthy Hall at St Michael's College, Colchester VT
September 29

@ 7:00 pm


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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.


A film project between long-time collaborators Hanna Satterlee and Andreas John, this film was shot over 5 months, from January to May 2023 in Shelburne Vermont, meeting monthly at the same site and the same time (noon) to capture the effect of change over seasons. With 13 participating Vermont dancers accumulating per month, the work abstractly tells a story of the journey to connection. We plan to premiere REVOLUTION on October 28th at the Blossom Wellness Studio during our Dance Films & Dancing Art Party.

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.


ANIMAL Dance is available to perform our original work, create commissions from your ideas, and work together in interdisciplinary artistic collaborations. Performance range: site specific, outdoor public art, immersive, participatory and staged for the theater.

In addition, as an entity, ANIMAL Dance is available for event planning, consultation & event production of your work! Please contact for rates and scheduling and subscribe to the newsletter below to stay tuned for upcoming events!

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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!


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

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

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