Susan Bryant, Instructor
Susan Bryant began her dancing career studying with Muriel Evans and Lisa Shaw in Hampton, Virginia. She continued her training at North Carolina School of the Arts and after graduation joined Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. One year later Ms. Bryant was invited to join the company as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She attained the rank of Soloist and enjoyed a 20 year career dancing with Houston Ballet under the direction of both Ben Stevenson and current Artistic Director Stanton Welch. Ms. Bryant enjoyed featured roles in Ben Stevenson's Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Dracula, Coppelia, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Snow Maiden, Four Last Songs and Five Poems. She had featured roles in Sir Fredrick Ashton's Les Patineurs, Sir Kenneth MacMillian's Elite Syncopations and Manon. Her contemporary roles included dancing in the world premiere of Paul Taylor's Company B at the Kennedy Center, Christopher Bruce's Cruel Garden, Glen Tetley's Daphnis and Chloe, The Rite of Spring, and Lux in Tenebris, Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta and Symphony in D. Ms. Bryant also enjoyed roles in George Balanchine's La Valse, The Four Temperments, Agon, Serenade, and Symphony in C and Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Madame Butterfly, and Bolero.
Upon her retirement in 2005, Ms. Bryant was invited by Artistic Director Stanton Welch to portray the role of the Queen in the world premiere of his new Swan Lake. She was also invited to teach in the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy where she continues to teach in the Upper School and in the Adult Open Class Program.