Hannah Fischer, artistic director of Fischer Dance, is a native of South Bend, IN. Fischer recently returned to the area after three years as the Assistant Director of Leverage Dance Theater in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role, Fischer danced, toured, and choreographed for the company; taught company class; developed, implemented and trained artists to deliver Leveraged Learning Initiative educational programs; and acted as co-production manager and assistant artistic director for Leverage’s artistic work. Fischer joined Leverage Dance Theater upon graduating cum laude with a BA in Humanistic Studies and a Student-Designed Major in Digital Media, Dance, and Women’s Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She was, and continues to be, a key player in the the restructuring of the company into what is now Leverage Dance Theater, an organization committed to training and developing community minded professional dance artists and educators by creating and presenting works of dance art and innovating community needs-integrated dance education. Fischer’s vision was key to establishing the Leveraged Learning Initiative (LLI), which expanded aTrek’s existing educational programming outside of traditional school settings to offer dance programming specifically designed to serve the social and emotional needs of underserved teens.. Since relocating to South Bend, Fischer has continued to collaborate with other artists, both locally and internationally on dance, film, and music projects. Fischer Dance officially launched in December 2014.