Susan McGuire

Susan McGuire, associate professor of dance at Butler University, was a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1977 to 1988, and served as rehearsal director in 1989. Prior to joining the Taylor Company, Ms. McGuire danced as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1973. During the sixties she danced in a regional ballet company and taught ballet in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been on the faculties of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Paul Taylor School, the summer programs at Jacob's Pillow and Juilliard, and the American Dance Festival. In 1989 and 1990 she held the Sage Cowels Land Grant Chair in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Ms. McGuire was Artistic Head of London Contemporary Dance School from 1991 to 1998. She has revived or reconstructed Paul Taylor's work for American Ballet Theatre, the Gulbenkian Ballet of Portugal, the Rambert Dance Company in England, Houston Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, as well as several universities. Ms. McGuire was Director of the Martha Graham School and a rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company from January through June 2000. Since August 2000 she has been Director of Taylor 2 and of the Paul Taylor School.

Aside from dance, and her love of music and literature, Ms. McGuire has had a lifelong passion for the Adirondacks, camping with her family in the wilderness whenever she can, canoeing and kayaking the lakes and the rivers.