MDP welcomes Miss Susan Barnett as the Mini Director Of MDP! Miss Susan will be supervising classes and taking a hands on approach with our mini dancers ages 2.5-9 years! We are so excited to have Miss Susan overseeing our little ones! If you have any questions or concerns regarding your "little bit" please feel free to contact Miss Susan below. Miss Susan will be observing classes, checking music selections, overseeing all choreography and dances for our recreational program and checking all dancers and levels.
A note from Miss Susan:
I am so excited to be taking in the role of Mini Director. My ultimate goal is the help set all dancers up for success in their dance training by not only checking in on classes and individual dancers but implementing fun new studio events, workshops and community performances. I plan on working directly with Erin Babbs and all of the teachers at MDP to help further every dancer's training. Starting dancers on the right path in dance at an early age and inspiring our little ones is crucial and I look forward to seeing all dancers grow and progress from this season to next!!!
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.