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Ballet Guest Artist: Susan Jaffe

Release date: February 03, 2012

February 3-10, 2012

The dance department welcomes Susan Jaffe to teach ballet master classes and set a work on Goucher dancers for the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert.

Declared by the New York Times as "America's Quintessential American Ballerina" Susan Jaffe danced as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 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, The Munich State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, The Vienna State Opera Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, and The English National Ballet. Ms. Jaffe's versatility as a dancer allowed her to tackle a large range of choreographic works, which include the classics like Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, as well as the dramatic works of John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, and Kenneth MacMillian. She also worked with and danced the works of many prominent choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato, Roland, Petit, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Ronald Hynd, Frederick Ashton, Ulysses Dove and Lynn Taylor Corbett.

In 2003, Ms. Jaffe co-founded the Princeton Dance & Theatre Studio in Princeton, New Jersey. As a result of owning a school, Ms. Jaffe expanded into choreography. Her original creations for the school include, "The Nutcracker" "Pop Sonata" "Ballet Studies," "Tarantella," "Glass Cuts," "Carnival of the Animals," and the "Cancan."

Since then, Ms. Jaffe has choreographed for Texas Christian University, where in 2008 she created "UnCaged", and Princeton University, where in 2009 she created "Pulse." In addition, her choreographic works for professional companies include, Lemon Spongecake Contemporary Ballet, "Meditations UnCaged" and Configurations Dance Company, "Novem Pas de Deux," "Velez pas de deux," and "Royenne." In the 2009 Gala for Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, she created "Sognato" a pas de deux for Isabella Boylston and Blaine Hoven of American Ballet Theatre. And, in 2011 she created "We Insist" for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater, a ballet to be performed by the Studio Company of ABT in their 2011-2012 season. Her upcoming residencies for 2012 include Goucher College, and Texas Christian University.

On December 18th, 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts Degree from Texas Christian University.

Ms. Jaffe has taught corporate lectures on "Excellence" in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education for Lehman Brothers, and PriceWaterHouseCoopers.

In 2003, Ms. Jaffe wrote a children's book, "Becoming a Ballerina."

Ms. Jaffe currently lives in New York City, and is Ballet Mistress of American Ballet Theatre.