Open Studio with Susan Allair       

About Susan...

Susan Allair attended The Juilliard School for four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979. Susan’s performances with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, 1974 – 1979, included repertory and new dance works by Kazuko Hirabayashi, Helen McGehee, and Anna Sokolow. From 1980 – 1985, Susan performed with Rush Dance Company (NYC), Patrice Regnier, Director; The Sacramento Ballet, Barbara Crockett, Director; and Capital City Ballet (Sacramento), Nolan T’Sani, Director.

Susan’s Juilliard studies included ballet, modern dance, choreography, music history, music theory, and anatomy. Ballet and modern dance teachers from 1975 – 1979 were Alfredo Corvino, Genia Melikova, Hector Zaraspe, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Daniel Lewis, Helen McGehee, and Ethel Winter. Juilliard also provided the opportunity to study classical dance of India with Indrani Rahman and Spanish dance with Gloria Marina and Hector Zaraspe. After graduation Susan continued her studies, which included six months in Germany visiting various ballet companies and taking company classes as a guest.

Prior to attending Juilliard, Susan was fortunate to study ballet with Anatole Vilsak and Ludmilla Shollar at the San Francisco Ballet School. In 1974, coached by Dale Flansaas, Susan competed at the USGF National Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics and placed 5th. From 1975 – 1977, in association with Maria Bakos, Susan demonstrated dance for gymnastics at various clinics including the United States Gymnastics Training Center at Mount Herman, Mass. Susan continued to perform and teach dance until 1986 when she decided to take a break from dance and pursue a career in business. Susan became a certified public accountant in 1993 and has been employed by the Franchise Tax Board since 1994.

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