Suzanne Kirsch began her dance training at the age of five in her hometown of Clinton, Iowa, later continuing studies in Morrison, IL, with teachers who had danced with the Nancy Opera Ballet in France and the Royal Ballet in London.  She later attended Butler University’s prestigious dance program at Jordan College of Fine Arts in Indianapolis. Seeking more diverse exposure in other genres besides ballet, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at the University of Iowa.  During her college career, she danced in productions such as “The Nutcracker”, “Coppelia”, the world premiere of “The Planets” and George Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes”.  As dance captain on a Mississippi riverboat turned theater, in the summers she performed in “Dames at Sea” and “Guys and Dolls”. Kirsch came to Michigan in the mid-1990s, and taught at studios throughout the Detroit area while maintaining a professional life in the banking field.  She has a firm commitment to continuing her own dance education and has attended many teacher training workshops with masters in the field of ballet such as workshops with the late Mansur Kamaletdinov (former Acting Artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow), Finis Jhung, John White, and the staff of the National Ballet of Canada among others.  She is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum through level five, which she completed in New York City.  Through use of this curriculum she has seen great improvements in her students.  She is in the process of becoming certified in Progressing Ballet Technique which is a cross-training method for dancers to improve skills and movement understanding. Ballet Renaissance is exceedingly pleased to welcome Ms. Suzanne Kirsch to our Ballet Renaissance family.