Susie Crow

Coaching 'Sea of Troubles'

Susie Crow danced with The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (SWRB) becoming a soloist with a wide range of roles.  Now based in Oxford she choreographs and devises projects for Ballet in Small Spaces (BiSS) and teaches adult learners, students, professionals and teachers.  Twice a finalist in the Madrid Choreographic Competition, her works include ballets for SWRB, Dance Advance, National Youth Dance & Ballet companies and Black Maria for Green Box Productions.  Projects with Jennifer Jackson included Ballet Independents’ Group choreographic courses at London’s South Bank Centre and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Centre, 10 years of BIG Discussion Forum events, and choreographic research leading to performances at GOlive.  BiSS projects have included two editions of the Solos Project in Oxford 2008 and 2009, works inspired by Dante performed in Cambridge and Oxford 2009-10, Inside Out and Commedia in 2011 and Two old instruments with viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees in 2014-15.  Collaborations with composers, visual artists and dancer improvisers in Oxford have included Drawing Dance, and membership of the group Avid for Ovid.  Susie’s MA in Dance Studies dissertation for University of Surrey was ‘Kenneth MacMillan: Emergence of a Choreographer’, and in 2002 she directed the Revealing MacMillan conference for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).  She has since coached Yorke Dance Project in revivals of MacMillan ballets of which she was an original cast member; Sea of Troubles made originally for Dance Advance, of which she was a co-director, and Playground.  She holds a PhD from University of Roehampton; her thesis entitled ‘The Ballet Class: Educating Creative Dance Artists?’ She has presented on her research for Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX), Universidad de Murcia, CORPS de Ballet International, Central School of Ballet and RAD.  She runs the blog Oxford Dance Writers.