Senior Instructor, Dance
Susan Haines is a dancer, choreographer and educator with performance credits with ballet and modern companies in Colorado, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, independent choreographers Gerri Houlihan, B.J. Sullivan, KT Niehoff, as well as collaborative work with Brad Parquette, and study at The Place; London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Dock 11 in Berlin. Her dance training includes master teachers JoAnna Kneeland, Karen Clippinger, David Howard, and Frano Jelincic of English National Ballet. Susan’s choreography has been presented by Danceworks in Jacksonville, FL, ACDF, the NC Dance Festival, Highlands Arts Council, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Labor Force Dances, Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, the Power Company in residence at Columbia College (SC), Bellingham Repertory Dance, Dance Gallery, the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, and Open Flight Studio in Seattle. She has worked with WWU composer Bruce Hamilton for Do Ho Suh’s sculpture installation ceremony at WWU in 2012 and is a frequent collaborator with Seattle composer J.C. Combs. Her dance films have been screened at the American College Dance Festival, as part of the “Next Generation of Dance Filmmakers” at the Dance for the Camera Festival in Salt Lake City, and at Tacoma Museum of Glass Dance Film series. She has an MFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro, and is a certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body. Susan has received two NEA grants to restage works by the Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Martha Graham Dance Company, and has presented her dance conditioning workshops around the country. She is the founding director of It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions, a professional dance company that presents contemporary work for stage and screen nationally. Susan was honored with the 2013-2014 “Dance Educator of the Year” for WA State.
BA Radford University
MFA University of North Carolina Greensboro