SUSAN AUSTIN is a choreographer whose work uniquely combines dance with figure skating. After winning two National Titles in Roller Figure Skating, Susan immersed herself in dance. She has since effectively merged her extensive dance background with skating choreography and technique.
She has choreographed for international and Olympic skaters some of which include Peter & Kitty Carruthers, Bill Fauver and Lea Ann Miller, Russ Witherby and April Sargent, Christopher Bowman, Lisa-Marie Allen, Charlene Wong, Scott Williams and Bobby Beauchamp.
In 1983, Ron Ludington invited Susan to work with his Olympic Team competitors at the Skating Club of Wilmington. She has subsequently worked with the skaters of Frank Carroll, Robin Cousins and Ming Zhu Li. In 1997 she was the first person outside of China to be invited to Beijing by the Chinese Figure Skating Association to choreograph for their National Team.
In 1995 Susan, along with Lisa-Marie Allen, founded The City of Angels Ice Theatre, a Los Angeles repertoire skating company, committed to the development and promotion of figure skating as a performing art. In 1996, for Rivers of Belief, the company became the recipient of the prestigious Edi Award for Best Performance by an Ice Theatre.
Susan’s training in dance include intensive study with Mia Slavenska in Cecchetti ballet technique, Jaime Rogers in Graham and Horton based modern/jazz, Claude Thompson in Horton based Jazz and Margalit Oved in theatrical modern dance. She has performed with numerous dance companies and skating shows as well as in commercials and film.
Most recently Susan has been working with the legendary artistic producer of Ice Capades and the Lido de Paris, Bob Turk, on various developing projects.
Susan has been on the faculty at The Skating Club of Wilmington, The University of Delaware Ice Skating Science Development Center, the International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California and Pickwick Ice Arena in Burbank, California.
Susan has served as presenter and panelist at national conventions and seminars in both dance and skating and has conducted workshops and master classes in the United States, Canada and China.
Susan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Dance from UCLA, a B. A. Degree in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and one year in performance & choreography at California Institute of the Arts