In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Suzan Richards, also known as Teachēr Suzan, the Artistic Director of the Cultural Arts Studio in Ottawa. A school of afro-Caribbean dance and wellness community space.
Suzan’s dance journey started early! At the age of 4, her parents enrolled her at the local community center where she trained in classical ballet and ballet-jazz. She continued her formal dance training at The Montreal Jazz Dance Academy, which led her to tour Canada with top performers.
This experience and her strong cultural roots from the island of Dominica motivated her to create The Cultural Arts Studio running now for over 26 years. Teacher Suzanne is a stable in the community!
In addition, Suzanne is a loving mother of two. She’s an arts Educator with MASC – Multicultural Arts In Schools and Communities (MASC) – a local not profit organization that offers schools and communities arts experiences. She is the co-cost of Caribbean Calendar on Rogers-22 and recently she’s partnered with ZYIA Active Wear which you can learn more about by joining her Facebook group.
Suzan is committed to preserving and sharing Afro-Caribbean culture through dance. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to tell their story through dance and movement regardless of age, size, fitness level or disability.
“Dance is your story to write and interpreted through the language of your soul”
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