SUSAN BARNETT, a California native, is an accomplished teacher, choreographer and dancer whose energetic teaching style can be seen in both the Riverside and Orange county areas. She began dancing later than most professional dancers training with various teachers and choreographers such as Sue Gilson, Currie Pederson, Mandy Moore and Malaya. Shortly after graduating high school, Susan ventured into teaching and setting pieces throughout Southern California. Her love of dance has led her to perform and choreograph for many exciting venues throughout the nation.
In addition to her many years of professional dance training, she has over 18 years of teaching experience. She has held the position of teacher and dance director at both Temecula and Chaparral High Schools and has choreographed for many high school dance teams.
Her distinctive choreography has received numerous high point and top choreography awards at regional and national competitions. Susan’s students have been recipients of many scholarships, cash prizes and have gone on to be represented by top agencies in dance, modeling and acting. Many of her students have continued their training at the collegiate level and have performed with professional dance companies in California, Colorado and New York.
In 2006, Susan realized her dream of opening a dance studio along with Erin Babbs when Murrieta Dance Project opened its doors. Forever grateful of the opportunity to own such an amazing studio, she decided to retire the position of co-owner/director in 2013 to focus more on teaching and continuing her education. Susan has a great enthusiasm and passion for teaching and sharing this love with all of her students. She teaches from the heart, dedicated to her students, making sure each and every dancer understands, embodies, and loves the art of dance.