February 19, 2019 - Susan Pope
Dance ED Tip #57:
Celebrating Black History in Dance
Susan Pope holds a BA in dance from the University of Maryland and a MA in dance education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She is a doctoral student in dance education at Teacher’s College. Currently, she teaches dance for Newark Public Schools. Previously she taught dance for New York City Public School at I.S. 218/Children’s Aid Society Community School in Washington Heights where she also directed the SUMA/Children’s Aid Society Dance Company. 2017 Susan was inspired to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to dance education and the emotional healing aspects of dance. She developed I Dance Because to help people facing developmental and life transitions to better understand and access their inner strength and to learn to celebrate themselves in the face of life’s adversities. 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. Her publications include: an article in Dance Education in Practice titled 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. 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, NJ Dance and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Susan believes God created her with the definite purpose of helping others through movement.