Susan Davern

Pre-Ballet / Modern

Susan Davern

Susan Davern

Susan's dance training began with Madame Solange Binda Maclean, Washington Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and scholarships to the Boston Ballet.

While receiving her dance degree from SUNY College at Purchase, she studied and performed in many classical ballets with Ivan Nagy, Betty Jane Sills, and Rosanna Seravalli.  Susan was given the best instruction in Graham, Horton, and other techniques with modern innovators Larry Clark, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Mel Wong, Sarah Stackhouse and Eleo Pomare. She was also fortunate enough to have Pilates training with Romana Kryzanowska.  She was a student of Joseph Pilates, and is now considered an elder.  

Susan later moved back to Washington, D.C. and continued her performing avenues.  Susan began performing with Arlington Dance Theatre and the Kathy Harty Grey Company, a Graham based company.  During this period, she also studied with renowned modern pioneer Eric Hawkins, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Lucy Bowen McCauley, performing at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and Arlington Theater. Despite this hectic schedule and working full time in the building industry, Susan found time to teach in Northern Virginia at several dance studios.  She performed annually with a political satire group called Hexagon, raising money for charities by giving performances throughout Washington, D.C.  Her family transferred to Georgia, and Susan has been teaching with NADA since 2000. She is proud of her three kids, and that her youngest is performing with NADT.  Susan is studying to receive certification in Pilates mat and apparatus, and is excited to continue teaching to such gifted students at NADA/NADT.



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