About Susan Jaffe

Declared by The New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina,” Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre for 22 years, beginning in 1980. She appeared prominently in the international dance scene and frequently danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov. 

In 2010, Ms. Jaffe was appointed as a Ballet Master of American Ballet Theatre and has been featured in multiple documentaries. She is a published author of a children’s book entitled Becoming a Ballerina and holds an honorary doctorate from Texas Christian University.

In 2012, Ms. Jaffe was appointed Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where she currently directs, teaches, coaches, and choreographs. 

Ms. Jaffe has traveled around the country leading workshops about shifting negative thinking patterns and living more intentionally. She launched the Susan Jaffe Series in 2019 in order to make these workshops available to more people online.

Although the workshops are rooted in Ms. Jaffe's own professional  experiences as a dancer and instructor, The Effect of Intention is applicable to individuals in any profession or practice. 

Read Susan Jaffe's interview with DanceTeacher Magazine.

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