~ Susan Hope Hoffman résumé of ~

Dance performance, choreography, production and studies

(For résumé of teaching dance and theater, please click here.)

(For résumé of additional theater writing, directing, production and performance, please click here.)

(For updates quarterly about Hope's performances and teaching, please click here.)



· "Water Dances," choreographed by Corinne Cappelletti and Hope Hoffman, features photographs of swimming and floating dancers by Nanci Kahn. Presented at:
New Dance Studio in Portland, December 2004
University of Southern Maine, April 2005
Portland Performing Arts Center in Portland, ME, May 2005

· Dancer and violinist, performance of new work choreographed by Marianela Boán and performed by students of the Bates Dance Festival, summer 2004

· Choreography for "The King and I;" 15-minute story of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" told in traditional Siamese and modern dance, performed by 9 student dancers, Yarmouth High School, winter 2003/2004

· Choreographer and performer, suite of duet dances to traditional New England country dance tunes, inspired by ancient forms of Morris dancing. Performed with live music by fiddler Maggie Robinson. Presented at:
Bowdoinham Town Hall summer 2003
Bowdoinham Town Hall summer 2004
Eleven Pleasant Street Center for the Arts, first annual Mid-Coast Dancers Studio Showcase, Brunswick, Maine December 2004

· Choreographer and performer, duet "Diplomatic Emergencies," a dance theater piece with narration written by Hope Hoffman and live vocals by improvisation group Improvox. Presented at:
New Dance Studio in Portland, November 2001
Johnson Hall, Gardiner, Maine in May 2004
Eleven Pleasant Street Center for the Arts, first annual Mid-Coast Dancers Studio Showcase, Brunswick, Maine December 2004

· Founder, choreographer, writer, producer, musician, performer for 13 original shows with Town Hall Theater, featuring dance movement and live music, Bowdoinham, Maine, 2002-2004

A different, original show each month September, October, November, December 2002 and January, March, May and June, September, November 2003; January and February 2004; May and July 2004

· Performer, choreography by Lisa Hicks, presented at:
New Dance Studio, November 2002;
New Dance Studio, three new works March and April 2003
New Dance Studio, December 2003;
New Dance Studio, February 2004
New Dance Studio production of modern dance at the Portland Performing Arts Center, June 2004

· Collaborative performance and improvisations with percussionist/composer Michael Zerang, Chicago, IL, 1999 and 2002

· Performed in new choreography by Larry Keigwin, presented at:
New Dance Studio, March 2001
Maine Festival, August 2001

· Artistic Director and publicist, community modern dance company Windfall Dancers, including assisting with planning of dance classes for children, hiring teachers, community outreach, events programming, Bloomington, IN, 1999-2000

· Produced and directed modern dance/multimedia concert for community modern dance group, Bloomington, IN, 2000

· Founder/director of multimedia performance/improvisation series with "open mike" format for poets, dancers, theater, music, Bloomington, IN, 1999-2000

· Choreographed "Alchemy" for 7 dancers with live commissioned vocal/percussion score and original spoken word, presented at:
Windfall Dance Co. concert, Bloomington, IN 1999
Stonesong Arts Festival, Bloomington, IN, 1999

· Choreographed and directed movement for Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" (click here for press coverage), Bloomington, IN, 1999

· Choreographed "Space Invasions" for 7 dancers with commissioned sound score, performed by university Theater Arts students, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL 1997

· Performed in biannual university dance concerts, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1995-1997

• Choreographed, designed costumes, led rehearsals, 1993-present

· Performed lead dancing roles in musical theater, Livermore, CA, 1993, 1994

· Performed several times a year with modern dance company, Livermore, CA, 1992-1994


Photos by: Ralph Barker ~ Rees Gordon ~ Matt Haber


o Dance training and study (modern and ballet), continuous since 1980, including Boston Ballet and The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

o Technique class at The Ballet School with Elizabeth Drucker (formerly of NYC Ballet), 2001-present

o Week-long workshop in site-specific choreography with Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig at Bearnstow, summer 2005

o Teaching Artist Training Workshop, VSA Arts of Maine, winter 2005

o Bates Dance Festival's Three-Week Professional Training Program, with a Maine Scholarship, summer 2004

o "Disarming the Playground" Training Workshop with Caroline Loupe, focusing on group dance movement therapy, April 2004

o New Dance Studio, Portland, ME with Lisa Hicks and Jill Eng; 2001-2004

o Bates Dance Festival's Three-week Professional Training Program, with a Maine Dance Educator's Fellowship, summer 2003

o Hedwig Dances, Chicago; Houston Ballet; Teacher's Collective in Toronto; winter/spring 2002

o Master Classes at Jacob's Pillow, summer 2001

o Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Dance from Illinois Wesleyan University, 1998

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