Hannaleena Markkanen

Hannaleena Markkanen is a Helsinki based Tap Dancer and Body Musician. She was drawn to rhythms from early age on, and she has studied afro cuban and african percussion, various dance forms, dance education and music education. She is currently a member of International Body Music Collaboration Octopus Inc and a Finnish Tap Dance and Body Music group Kompitus Rhythm Collective and has performed in various venues both nationally and internationally. She teaches tap and rhythm to dancers at Espoo Dance Institute and University of Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy and runs her own Tapmovement classes in Helsinki. Her tap choreographies have been awarded and credited nationally. Past 2 years she has also been funded for several Body Music projects working with asylum seekers and refugees in Finland. Both Body Music and Tap Dance give her the opportunity to be the music she dances. For her this is the fulfilment she is looking for in her art.  www.tapmovement.com