Meet the Artist: UNCSA's Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe

Meet the Artist: UNCSA's Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe

8:18am Jul 31, 2013
Rosalie O'Connor

For more than forty-six years The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed Nutcracker production has been one of the Triad’s most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season. Last year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) danced the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances in the Stevens Center. The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra accompanied the performances under the baton of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre. It was the first production of The Nutcracker under the leadership of UNCSA’s new Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe.  Susan was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She spoke with David Ford about her career.

This Fall school year will mark the beginning of her second season at UNCSA. During her tenure with American Ballet Theatre, The New York Times called her “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina”. Susan danced as a principal dancer with ABT for 20 years, a career which began in 1980. She was also well-known in the international dance scene as well; her European engagements included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Munich State Opera Ballet and La Scala Ballet in Milan among many others. 
 
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