Susan has a B.Sc. in Honours Dance from the University of Waterloo through the department of Kinesiology. She worked on her Masters in dance education through Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA dancing with its resident dance company. She studied and workshopped Carol Bogg’s Effort/Shape. She danced professionally as a modern dancer and continues to choreograph and teach Mitzvah Technique for dancers and improvisation/choreography.
Susan danced and toured professionally as modern dancer with Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises. She performed with the Judy Jarvis Dance and Theatre Company, touring within Canada and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. We toured throughout Ontario schools through Prologue for the Performing Arts, performing “Cosmos” , which was based on Carl Sagan’s book “ The Cosmos”.
She later performed as an independent dancer and developed her improvisational and choreographic skills. She studied contact improvisation with Nancy Stark and the Mitzvah Technique and dance with Amelia Itcush and M.Cohen-Nehemia. Susan choreographed the critically acclaimed “Untitled Marking” using the Mitzvah Technique as a movement stimulus.
She has performed and taught creative dance process extensively through various boards of education and the Inner City Angels. She is a recipient of many Ontario Arts Council Teaching Grants. Susan continues to choreograph and teach the dance creative process to all ages.
Certified as a Teacher of the Mitzvah Technique in the first graduating class, Susan refined her quality of hands on work, uniquely through 25 years of continuous studies with M. Cohen-Nehemia, founder of the Mitzvah Technique. During this time, she attained a deep understanding of the Mitzvah Technique through active participation in its evolution. M. Cohen-Nehemia has authorized Susan Green to train Mitzvah Technique Teachers.
For over 30 years Susan Green, a posture specialist has been helping dancers to fine tune dancers postural alignment and mobility, while relieving aches and pains through Nehemia’s Mitzvah Technique. Susan helps dancers correct stubborn problems that interfere with dance technique and performance quality. She teaches dancers the flowing Mitzvah Technique dance style. Susan qualifies Mitzvah Technique Teachers in a three level teacher diploma course.
She gives individual sessions, workshops, classes, teacher training and presentations, online, in her studio and at a variety of settings.
Susan Green Co-supervised with Dr Vicky Galea, a 4th year independent study course. “The power of movement to heal. Explorations of dance and the Mitzvah Technique.” 2017 and 2018 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Susan presented during a round table discussion, the “Mitzvah Technique and Dance” at the Dance, Science and Somatics Educator’s Conference 2018 at the University of Buffalo
Key points: Our body’s innate, upward rippling wave-like motion lengthens the spine, expands the upper chest, widens the upper back and frees the neck and head. The shoulders are given the support to drop down and mobilize freeing arm, shoulder, upper body, neck and head movements.
The Mitzvah Technique: Dynamic Postural Alignment Classes for Dancers
Mitzvah Technique and Dance Improvisation/Composition Ongoing
Susan is a member of the Society of Mitzvah Technique Teachers of Canada.
She is a member of the International Association of Dance, Medicine and Science.