College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
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George Mason University

Susan Shields

Director of School of Dance, Professor

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  • 703-993-3197 (office)
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A300A
    4400 University Drive, MS 3D4
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Susan Shields, recipient of the 2006 Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, has created dances for numerous professional companies and universities. Her work appears in the repertoires of Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, The Juilliard Ensemble, Boston Ballet II, and City Dance Ensemble. She has created work for George Mason, Harvard, the University of Richmond and Shenandoah University.  In 2005, Shields was given a commission from the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts to create a ballet for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which premiered at the Filene Center that summer.  She has performed nationally and internationally, most recently as a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. In addition to performing the works of numerous contemporary choreographers, she was partnered by Baryshnikov in Mark Morris’ acclaimed dance, The Argument. She was a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for eight years, performing a substantial part of his repertory. She performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut, and has performed with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Eliot Feld Ballet New York and the Washington Ballet, where she received her training. Shields has taught at universities throughout the world. She served as a trustee on the board of Dance USA for several years. She has a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Empire State, an M.F.A from George Mason University and is the Director of George Mason School of Dance.


MFA, Dance, George Mason University (2002)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Professor