Training for Dancers
Born in Venezuela, Susana trained as a classical dancer at the Rambert School in London and the Escuela Ballet-Arte in Caracas. At the age of 16, she was granted a scholarship to continue her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York. Back in Venezuela, she joined the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, where she performed lead roles in classical and neoclassical productions. In 1996, she was signed as soloist by the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the direction of Richard Cragun. This was followed by Aterballetto in Italy (Mauro Bigonzetti), Lyon Opera Ballet in France (Yorgos Loukus), and in Spain with Ballet de Victor Ullate and Compañía Nacional de Danza (Nacho Duato). In 2008, she studied stage design at the Escuela Superior de Arte y Espectáculos located in Madrid. She made seven productions as stage designer for choreographer Gentian Doda, and her latest collaboration with Mr Doda will premiere in May 2020 with the Greek National Ballet. In 2013, she became first ballet master with Victor Ullate´s company in Madrid, as well as teaching creative dance for children. She moved her base to Berlin in September 2014, and is a free lance artist, stage designer and guest teacher with Norwegian National Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Aterballetto, StaatsBallet Berlin, Gothenburg Ballet, Grupo Corpo (Brazil), Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Compañía Nacional de Danza de Madrid, Marameo Berlin, Finnish National Ballet, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Zürich Ballet, Ballet Hispánico of New York, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and Nederlands Dans Theater.
The class focuses on coordination and musicality, emphasizing the relationship between movement and space. Dancers are constantly confronted with many different styles, and my class aims to cover all these needs giving importance to dynamics, weight, volume and energy. Using all of these elements, it allows space for freedom within technique.