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Susan
Pope

Susan is a retired dance educator with over 30 years’ experience in K-12. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches BA & BFA dance majors the joys and concepts of creative movement for children. She also supervises student teachers at Rutgers University. Previously she taught dance for the Newark Board of Education and New York City Department of Education where she also directed the SUMA/Children’s Aid Society Dance Company.  Susan Pope holds a BA in dance from the University of Maryland and a MA in dance education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. 

 

Susan is doctoral candidate in the Dance Education program at Teachers College, Columbia Univ. As an Arnhold Fellow and recipient of the Susan H. Fuhrman scholarship, her research focuses on embodied pedagogy for pre-service teachers through an indigenous and Africanist lens. Her non-profit organization, I DANCE BECAUSE, provides scholarships for Newark dance students and transformative, educational programs for students and teachers. Along with two other Newark dance educators, Susan was awarded an ArtStart grant to create a documentary, Brick City Dance: A Renaissance Endeavor which explores the impact of dance education in Newark Public Elementary Schools over the last 20 years. As a published author, Susan has contributed to the depth of knowledge in dance education through journals and books. Her publications include articles in Dance Education in Practice titled: Moving Meditations: A Guide to Embodying Gratitude, Teaching Dance History to Middle School Students, an article in the International Journal of AAHPERD titled Mourning into Dancing – The Transformation of Lives: A Personal Journey; I DANCE BECAUSE…, a collection of stories, essays and poems about dance; and DANCING MY PRAYERS, a guide to combining movement and prayer in your devotional life. Her latest book chapter in The Loveliness Project helps elevate the voices of Black women. Susan’s research focuses on embodied pedagogy in urban teacher preparation programs.

 

Susan is a frequent presenter for New Jersey Performing Arts Center Community (NJPAC) Engagement Program, providing workshops for the community. She also serves on the NJPAC dance advisory council. In May of 2000, Susan was invited to the White House to speak at a conference titled Raising Responsible and Resourceful Youth.  Susan spoke on the impact of dance education in the lives of her students. In 1998 she was selected to be in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.  Susan served as the director of the St. James AME Church Dance Ministry for over 10 years. She is a member of the National Liturgical Dance Ministry Network, National Dance Education Organization, Dance New Jersey, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Susan believes God created her with the definite purpose of helping others through movement.