Hannah Bates

Hannah is a musician, dancer, arranger, choreographer, researcher and educator with a passion for Afro-Latin, groove-music cultures.  Although currently semi-retired from dancing activities, she has become a well-known fixture on the London Latin scene and these days can be found playing piano in Cuban dance music ensembles across the UK and beyond.

Hannah graduated with a BSc in music from City University and an MMus from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African studies where she is now undertaking doctoral research.  She was recently awarded a travel bursary (Santander Mobility Awards) for her PhD fieldwork in Havana where she was investigating Cuban groove-pianism.