Engaging your Turnout from the Inside Out
Susan Jaffe – Dean, School of Dance UNCSA

Engaging your Turnout from the Inside Out

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Susan Jaffe discusses how to engage one’s turnout deeply, and how turnout effects the entire physicality of the dancer. Declared by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina”, Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 22 years. She is currently the Dean at the School of Dance, NCSA.

Declared by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina”, Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 22 years, a career which began in 1980. Prominent in the international dance scene as well, her European engagements included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, Munich State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and English National Ballet.
  • Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of American Ballet Theatre
  • Teacher at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre 2003-2010
  • Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, and Co-Director from 2003-2010
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director of DanceVision Inc. 2007-2010
  • Ballet Master at American Ballet Theatre from 2010-2012
  • Dean of Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts 2012-present
  • Choreographed works for: American Ballet Theatre Gala, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre, Grand Rapids Ballet, and many more
  • Debut professional performance danced with Alexander Godunov in a pas de deux in American Ballet Theatre’s opening night gala at the Kennedy Center in 1980
  • Danced first Swan Lake as Swan Queen with Baryshnikov
  • Appointed as a Ballet Master of American Ballet Theatre
  • Appointed Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
  • New York Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, 1998
  • Dance Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003
  • Honorary Doctorate, Texas Christian University, 2010
Organizations
  • Board Member: Youth America Grand Prix
  • Board Member: Dance Magazine Awards

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