Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith – Guest Teacher.

Suzanne has been dancing since the age of 3 attending classes in jazz, ballet and tap at ‘Donna Brownes school of Dance’. She realised at a young age she wanted to pursue a career in dance and after 3 years at Telford College in Edinburgh, graduated with a Higher National Diploma in ‘Dance Artists in the Community’ in 2002. After leaving college Suzanne returned to her former dance school to teach full time in jazz, tap and street dance, choreographing for annual shows. Suzanne is a member of the PVG scheme and is fully insured and first aid trained. She is a qualified Zumba instructor and is a Registered assessment centre and tutor, qualified to deliver Dance and Sports Leadership awards.

In 2005 Suzanne set up her own dance school ‘Street Struck Dance’, with classes in West Linton, Loanhead, Penicuik and most recently in Peebles. As well as these classes she teaches for Edinburgh Councils active schools providing classes to schools all over Edinburgh, Edinburgh Leisure, teaching street dance and cheerleading in leisure centres, conference motivator sessions, and events such as the Royal Highland Show, The Leith Festival, and Transitions festivals. As well as teaching for Performers UK, She also delivers dance to various nurseries and private schools in and around Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Borders.

Previously Suzanne has taught for Stagecoach Inverness, Take 3 theatre schools in Falkirk and Livingston with performances including ‘Guys n Dolls’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Most recently she worked for Razzamataz Theatre Schools, with productions including, ‘into the hoods’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Fame’, and ‘The wedding Singer’. After 4 years she was promoted to Acting principal and manager for the Edinburgh school whilst the principal was on maternity leave. Suzanne was also the choreographer for ‘Cutting Edge Theatre Companies’ productions of ‘Honk’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ all licensed by Disney.

Suzanne is returning again this year to be one of the choreographers for Strictly Inverness after all of her couple came within the top 3 last year. She has recently returned to College to complete her BA Honours Degree in Dance and is enjoying the challenge of undertaking study alongside running her business. Suzanne believes in continual personal development and likes to keep up to date with current styles by attending seminars and workshops in order to up skill.

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