Susan Heather Cook

Biography

Susan Cook is a transplanted West Coaster, now living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.  She began dancing with the Outreach Ballet School in Prince Rupert, B.C. with Patricia Soroka, who encouraged her to audition for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Susan studied at the RWB from 1988 until her graduation from the Professional Division in 1994. Susan performed with the RWB in the grand classical ballets, and danced her way to Banff, Edmonton, China, and the United Kingdom. 

Susan Heather Cook of Halifax NS

Susan has further explored African Dance at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, studied contemporary dance at Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria, Studio 303 and Circuit-Est in Montreal, Que. In Nova Scotia, she has performed with Live Art Productions, NS Opera Association, Mocean, Kinetic Dance, Lisa Phinney, Jacinte Armstrong, Sara Coffin, Veronique Mackenzie, Kathy Martin, Penelope Spicer, Barbara Dearborn & the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Sheilagh Hunt, Sally Morgan, and Sara Shelton Mann. 

Susan values dance for creative social commentary and connection, as well as its power for personal and social development.  Currently, her creative focus is developing choreographies that fuse traditional and contemporary techniques such as Capoeira and Contact Improvisation, Ballet and Break dance. She seeks to cultivate opportunities for new dancers to enjoy dancing, especially in our schools.  She works as a Perform! Artist in the Schools and is a supporter and volunteer for the Old School Community Gathering Place in Musquodoboit Harbour, which has recently been transferred from Halifax Regional Municipality to the Community for arts and culture programming and events.

Susan is admired as a physically powerful performer who is sensitive to the world around her and offers insight into our fragility and power. Through her dancing, choreography, and teaching,  Susan strives to inspire people to want to dance themselves, thereby discovering new aspects of themselves and the world around them.