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Dancer Susan Jaffe Comes to Goucher College

Release date: February 05, 2012

The Goucher College Dance Department is pleased to welcome ballet guest artist in residence Susan Jaffe-ballerina, choreographer, master teacher, and author.

Jaffe will teach master ballet classes Sunday, February 5, to Sunday, February 12, and set a work on Goucher dancers for the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert on April 20 and 21. The classes are open to high-intermediate and advanced ballet dancers, and the class fee is $20.

A "Meet Susan Jaffe" event will be held Friday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Todd Dance Studio. Participants are given the opportunity to observe works in progress; meet the artist; and be involved in a forum to ask Jaffe about her career, artistic work, and creative endeavors. 

Jaffe, once declared "America's Quintessential American Ballerina" by the New York Times, danced as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years, beginning in 1980. Prominent in the international dance scene as well, her European engagements include performances with ballet companies such as The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet.

Her versatility as a dancer allowed her to tackle a range of dramatic works by the likes of Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, and Kenneth MacMillian. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a choreographer, working with and dancing the works of prominent choreographers, including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Frederick Ashton. Jaffe has also written the children's book "Becoming a Ballerina."

Every fall and spring, the college brings in guest artists in residence for one to two weeks to create unique works or to restage a repertory work on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble. The guest artists hold an audition and rehearsals for the work, and they teach selected technique classes while in residency. Each residency artist adds to the diversity of the faculty and the creative works performed by the student body.

Jaffe, a Bethesda, MD, native, lives in New York City. For more information on Jaffe, visit her website, www.susanjaffedance.com.