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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Susan E. Anderson

Title: Professor, Dance. Artistic Director, USC Dance Company
Department: Theater and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-0704
Office: Band/Dance Facility, Room 002
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Theater and Dance
Susan Anderson


MFA, University of California at Irvine, 1973.  2011 SC Professor of the Year.  2009 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor.  2009 Governor's Professor of the Year.

Susan Anderson began her career in Monterey, California and credits her teacher, Madame Olga Ziceva from Russia’s Kirov Ballet, with her ballet training. She continued her dance studies at the San Francisco Ballet as a scholarship student. She received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine under the legendary choreographer Eugene Loring. Her professional dance career was with Ballet Celeste of San Francisco, Los Angeles Dance Theatre, and Moving South. Professor Anderson is the founding director of the USC Dance Company, USC Dance Conservatory, and South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, which hosts international students and world renowned faculty and choreographers.

Under her Directorship the dance program recently implemented the BA major in Dance which is currently 40 majors strong. The BA degree track in Performance /Choreography, which began in 2004, has concentrations in Ballet or Contemporary Dance. In Fall 2006 the dance program began the BA degree in Dance Education, a K-12 Teacher Certification program in partnership with the College of Education. The dance program now has more than 60 course offerings and approximately 3,000 students enrolled each year taking dance courses.

Some of Susan Anderson’s professional artistic works include the creation of 105 ballets such as Scheherazade, Ondine, Taming of the Shrew, Plant Dance with artist Blue Sky, The Firebird, Phantom of the Night, Crown Jewels, Sylvia, Carnival of the Animals, Pleasures of Paris, Don Quixote, and The Young Man and Death. She has choreographed and taught master classes for Gus Giordano Dance Company in Chicago, the University of California, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, Several Dancers Core in Atlanta, Murray State, Knoxville Dance Theatre, Loyola University, Inco Ballet in Colombia, South America and Stadtische Opera in Gera, Germany.

In 2009, Susan was named the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year and Governor’s Professor of the Year.

In 2011, Susan was named SC Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.