is celebrating her 35rd year as a dance teacher, and her 58th year as a life-long dancer. She founded Swing City Dance
in 1995 as a hub for the American vernacular dance styles of tap, jazz, swing and ballroom. Susan has developed a detailed
pedagogy designed to introduce dance skills and lift students to high levels of dance achievement.
Dance is physical, dance is mental, dance lifts the spirit and makes the heart smile!
Susan specializes in four areas of instruction: tap dance for all ages, dance for young children (creative movement,
ballet, tap), dance conditioning (ballet floor barre), and social ballroom and swing dance.
Susan has intensive training in multiple dance styles: tap dance, ballet, jazz, modern, ethnic, swing and ballroom.
Her tap dance mentors include: Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Barbara Duffy, Heather Cornell and a host of tap dance
legends - Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, Honi Coles, Leon Collins, Steve Condos, LaVaughn Robinson, Lloyd Storey, Gregory Hines,
et al. Her jazz dance mentors include Billy Siegenfeld, Cholly Atkins, Frankie Manning and Ed Kresley.
She has choreographed for many area theater companies - Jeff
Daniels' Purple Rose Theater, The Croswell Opera House, UM Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Chelsea
Area Players, Saline Area Players and area high school theater. She continues to work as a dance educator
in local schools, bringing dance into the everyday school curriculum.
In 2014, Susan was named a Michigan Traditional Artist by Michigan State University with a grant supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts, focusing on perpetuating American percussive dance.