Noel Hanley & Sway

Sway Downtown: A Place For Wellness through Yoga, Dance & Art

Sway Downtown was founded in the fall of 2017 with the dream of contributing to the ongoing revival of downtown Mobile through community involvement and the arts. Sway’s studio and gallery is located in a historic building that offers beautiful architecture and a relaxing environment, with the convenience of a location just a couple of blocks from most office buildings and hotels.

Noel Hanley, Owner

Noel is a native of Brandon, Mississippi and studied at the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy under Jennifer Beasley. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, where she was a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theater for four years.

After college, Noel danced professionally for two seasons with Alabama Ballet under the direction of Tracey Alvey. With the Alabama Ballet, she performed in works by George Balanchine, Teri Weksler, Christopher Bruce, Agnes de Mille and Anthony Tutor. Noel also danced with Southern Danceworks, under the direction of Teri Weksler, and Sanspointe Dance Company, under the direction of Shellie Chambers. While dancing in Birmingham, Noel was on faculty with Samford University and Birmingham Dance Theater. Noel was a principal dancer with Mobile Ballet, as well as Ballet Mistress and Associate Director of Mobile Ballet School. As a principal dancer with Mobile Ballet, Noel was known for her roles as Swanilda in Coppelia, the title role in Cinderella, Mina in Winthrop Corey’s Dracula and the Dewdrop and Arabian in The Nutcracker.

Noel began practicing yoga as a way to move and stretch when she stopped dancing professionally. She fell in love with the movement to breath and the way she began to feel after practice. Noel is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kindness Yoga in Denver, CO under Jen Hicks and Lindsay Gonzalez. She is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.  Noel loves teaching and making connections with each of her students.