McLaren Arts: Ballet, Modern, & Contemporary Dance Lessons*

McLaren Arts: Ballet, Modern, & Contemporary Dance Lessons*

4.7 (3)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
13 years in business

About this pro

I enjoy working one on one or in small group classes to give personal attention to everyone. I am a big believer in correct technique and it's so important to emphasize that in class, so I enjoy the recognition that happens when students find the correct placement. It doesn't matter how simplistic something seems; if done correctly than a world of movement possibility opens up to you and it's exciting to see students progress in that way. 

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Atlanta, GA 30307
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3 Reviews

4.7

  • Room To Move Dance

    Improvisationalskills.

  • Thomas Bell

    Susanna is overflowing with raw talent, subtle technique, and passion for dance and choreography. She is a true artist who shares generously and kindly with those who come to learn from her. Her own joy in dance reverberates in those who move with her.

  • Susan Crawford

    Susanna is knowledgeable about ballet and modern dance. She is a beautiful dancer!



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When first working with a new student, I typically evaluate them in the studio through short class exercises and combinations to get an idea of where they are and talk about the specific goals they have. The movement material will vary depending on what type of dance they are most interested in, but classes will always be guided with a strong foundation and individualized attention. 

All sessions start with a warm-up to get the body moving, followed most likely by some floor exercises to find alignment, wake up the muscles, and release tension, and progress to center or barre combinations, or some directed improvisation, to get more awareness into the body, and finally, movement will travel across the floor. 

A beginners first-class may not include as much breadth of material as a session for an experienced student; however, the progressive structure of the class will get the body moving in a sensible, safe, and energetic way.

Hopefully, by the end of the first session, each student will have something to look forward to and an empowered sense of their body in motion.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied at Temple University's Department of Dance in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program dance program where I was able to study under some amazing teachers and perform in a variety of works while attending. I completed my Bachelor's from the University of Georgia which also gave me impactful learning experiences with wonderful teachers.

My experiences since college have offered me opportunities to teach so many different people across all ages and backgrounds, and in such versatile circumstances that I have learned the value of teaching more than I ever expected.

My experiences have also lead me to perform and collaborate with other dancers, choreographers, musicians, and artists throughout Atlanta. I think to be a working practitioner is an invaluable part of understanding what dance is for me, so I truly value working as an artist and developing myself, as well as continuing to grow as a teacher.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Individual private lessons start at only 30.00 per class for an hour and 15 minutes and will incur additional 10% for each additional 15 minutes per session, exceeding no more than 56.00 for a 2 hour session. Both the length of class and frequency of class each week are at the student's discretion.

*Classes tailored to a small group of 2 or more will be discounted at a lower rate per person, no more than 25 for a full hour and a half session.* 


How did you get started teaching?

I sort of stumbled into teaching right after college and fell in love with it. So throughout my career as an artist I have continuted to teach and it has become an incredibly rewarding and important part of my life. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with toddlers to 80 yr olds. I have taught kids in after school programs that had no initial interest in Dance & kids that worked every day, towards competitions or special auditions. I have also taught my professional peers in the wider community, adults that are returning from a ten or twenty-year break, & beginning adults who want to finally take up a curiosity. Regardless of who I was teaching, the interactions and lessons are always rewarding for me because I enjoy taking someone through a movement process and pushing them to step out of comfort zone and try to reach higher or bigger than they have before. I'm certainly not a militant teacher, but if someone asks to be pushed hard then I can make sure they push themselves towards a satisfying boundary (and possibly achy next day if they so desire).


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I remember one incident when I was teaching in a school a group of 11 & 12 yr olds, who were in that awkward phase of development like we all have experienced. One student was particularly shy and self-conscious at first but after a couple of months, I remember thinking she had opened up a bit and began enjoying herself more.

One day after class she approached me and said, "Ms. Susanna you really brought me out of my shell!" with a big smile on her face. I really appreciate moments that let me know that I am making a positive impact.  


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise to caution when enrolling their child in a dance program because there are a lot of programs that, although have good intentions, do not have the long term health of the child in mind. Some studios push kids to have the most flexibility in splits or turn-out or showy tricks to impress without necessarily teaching how to support all that flexibility, which muscles to use, or what to look out for in preventing injury. So I would check out the classes first and determine if the kids are being worked in a healthy progressive manner. O want kids and adults to be taught HOW to dance, not just how to repeat steps in A dance.

Adults and those seeking private instruction, I simply say give it a shot because what do you have to lose? I think private instruction is so thorough and helpful in getting whatever you need out of a dance class, that it is certainly more worth trying than not. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Tell us your injuries and concerns, injury background and pains or points of tension. These are always necessary to know before beginning any training, recreational or otherwise, so keep things in mind and always listen to your body. 


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