Susan Jaffe, a former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, has been named Ballet Mistress with the Company. The appointment, effective October 2010, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Jaffe’s roles with the Company included the title role in Anastasia, Terpsichore in Apollo, Gamzatti and Nikiya in La Bayadère, Swanilda in Coppélia, Medora in Le Corsaire, the Lady with Him in Dim Lustre, Kitri in Don Quixote, The Accused in Fall River Legend, the Italian Ballerina in Gala Performance, the title roles in Giselle and Manon, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tatiana in Onegin, Emilia in Othello, Taglioni in Pas des Déesses, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew and leading roles in Ballet Imperial, Études, How Near Heaven, Paquita, Push Comes to Shove, Other Dances, Stepping Stones, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations and Without Words. She also created leading roles in Americans We, The Brahms/Haydn Variations, Cruel World, Mark Morris’ Gong, Known by Heart and Serious Pleasures.
Jaffe has danced as a guest artist with companies around the world, including the English National Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and the Vienna State Opera Ballet.
Jaffe retired from American Ballet Theatre in 2002 after 22 years with the Company. In 2003, she co-founded the Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in Princeton New Jersey, a school she co-owns with Risa Kaplowitz. She is also co-founder and co-director of DanceVision and DanceVision Youth Ensemble in Princeton.
Since 2004, Jaffe has choreographed ballets for a wide-range of dance organizations including DanceVision, Princeton University and the Youth America Grand Prix.
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