Susan Perlis is the Associate Director of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and a ballet teacher at both LSU and The Dancers’ Workshop. After early training with Bill Weber, she danced with the Louisville Ballet under the direction of George Skibine and Nels Jorgensen, and as a trainee with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She trained at the Joffrey American Ballet Center and holds a B.S. in Ballet from Indiana University. As director of the BRBT Youth Ballet, she has created ballets, re-staged classics, and directed the annual summer tour. Her works for the BRBT Senior Company have garnered recognition from Regional Dance America through its Choreography Recognition Award, Choreography Conference Scholarship, and a Project Tier Commission. She is a board member of the Louisiana Alliance for Dance and served as Louisiana Dance Festival co-chairman in 2005 and 2006.