Susan Quinn (Williams) is an internationally recognized and sought after master teacher and choreographer of Jazz and Contemporary Dance.
She is a former Associate Artistic Director and Principal Dancer with his Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and an Associate Professor of Dance the University of Arizona’s School of Dance. Her students are successful studio owners; founder/directors of their own companies; and performers dancing with Cirque de Soleil, on Broadway (Wicked, Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, Bring It On, Anastasia) and in Las Vegas shows (The Donny and Marie Show, Celine Dion’s A New Day, Shania Twain’s Still The One), on television and film (Teen Beach Movie, So You Think You Can Dance), in music videos (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, et al.), and with dance companies such as River North Chicago Dance Company, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Among her most accomplished students are Michael Williams, jazz faculty at The University of Arizona School of Dance; Sam Watson, faculty at The University of Arizona School of Dance; Jimmy Locust, former backup dancer for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation and current Owner/Director of Locust Performing Arts Center in Stamford, CT; and Nan Giordano, master teacher and daughter of the late jazz dance legend Gus Giordano. All four have gone on to become esteemed dance educators.
Susan was honored to receive the 2005 Jazz Dance World Congress award for her contributions to Jazz Dance. She was invited to join the esteemed faculty of the 2012 Jazz Dance World Congress, held at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She travels every summer with a small group of disciples who teach the renowned Gus Giordano jazz dance technique, collaborating with Gus Giordano’s daughter, Director Amy Giordano at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago, Il.