Suzanne Kirsch

Suzanne began her dance training at the age of five in her hometown of Clinton, Iowa, later continuing them in Morrison, IL, with teachers who had danced with the Nancy Opera Ballet in France and the Royal Ballet in London. She attended Butler University’s prestigious dance program at Jordan College of Fine Arts in Indianapolis, but seeking more diverse exposure in other genres besides ballet, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at the University of Iowa. During her college career, she danced in productions such as “The Nutcracker,” “Coppelia,” the world premiere of “The Planets” and George Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes.” As dance captain on a Mississippi riverboat turned theater, in the summers she performed in “Dames at Sea” and “Guys and Dolls.” Teaching became her passion alongside work as a banker. Coming to Michigan in the mid-1990s, she taught at studios throughout the Detroit area. Suzanne has a firm commitment to continuing dance education and has attended many teacher training workshops with masters in the field of ballet such as the late Mansur Kamaletdinov, former Acting Artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Finis Jhung, John White, and the staff of the National Ballet of Canada among others. Most recently, she has become certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in New York City. Through use of the curriculum, she has seen great improvement in her students. Suzanne is a frequent guest teacher throughout the state of Michigan. For the last 16 years, she has taught dance exclusively while also being mom to two daughters.