Adjunct Dance Instructor
Phone: (805) 565-7040
Office Location: Porter Hall
Dance Performance and Choreography
Susan Alexander was Professor of Modern Dance at the PARIS CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND DANCE (1989-2008), and for the PARIS OPERA BALLET COMPANY, 1985-2008. She moved to France to become Assistant Director and Instructor for the modern dance company, le Groupe de Recherche Chorégraphique de l’Opéra de Paris, 1985-1989. Previous to that, she was a member of the faculty at the MERCE CUNNINGHAM Dance Studio in New York, from 1979-1984, and became Mr. Cunningham’s assistant for repertory workshops, 1982-1984.
After earning a B.A. degree in Dance and English at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1969, and an M.A. degree in Dance at Mills College in 1971, she became Associate Professor of Dance, then Chairperson of the Dance Department at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, 1971-1977, and performed and choreographed for the company DANCENTRAL in Columbus, Ohio, during this same period.
Guest teaching in France includes the American Center and the Centre National de Danse in Paris, and for the companies of Dominique Bagouet, Anne Teresa deKeersmaeker, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Angelin Preljocaj, François Raffinot, DV8 from London, and the Australian Dance Theater, as well as for numerous schools and universities in Europe and the United States: the Laban Centre and The Place in London; the Internationale Sommerakademie des Tanzes in Köln, Germany; at the University of California at Santa Barbara; and at Bard and Hunter Colleges in New York.
While living in New York, Ms. Alexander performed with several choreographers, including Albert Reid and Mel Wong, while at the same time choreographing and performing a program of solo works in collaboration with filmmaker David Robinson, entitled Moving Bodies/Moving Pictures, for which they received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Artists Public Service Program in New York.