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A practicing educator and artist, Susan has worked with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and as a Wolf Trap artist in early childhood education.

Susan Bendix is a professional dancer, choreographer, improvisational artist, and Zen practitioner who has danced both nationally and internationally. Her dance focus includes concentrated work in Action Theater improvisation, theater, technology, and site-specific choreography. She works with a broad range of populations from inner city youth, incarcerated youth, gifted youth, university students, public health entities, and those in the corporate sector.


Dr. Bendix’s pioneering dance curriculum has been honored with the 2011 Outstanding Narrative Dissertation Award conferred by the American Educational Research Association. Susan is the recipient of a 2015 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to develop a movement and expressive arts based program for those dealing with grief and loss.  

Dr. Bendix has a Ph.D. in Education, an MFA in dance and choreography from Arizona State University, and received her BA from the University of California, Riverside. She participated in the launch of the New York based SMALLLab (Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab), an embodied learning environment developed by a collaborative team of researchers and K-12 teachers. She taught classes for the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University and helped develop their arts-based teacher-training track.

Art is the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.

- Joseph Campbell


  • Somatic Experiencing™ Certification, Trauma Institute

  • Faculty Professional Development Trainer for Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (community colleges)

  • PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction — Arizona State University

  • Outstanding Narrative Dissertation Award recipient (American Education Research Association)

  • MFA in Dance & Choreography, Arizona State University

  • BA in Dance —, University of California – Riverside

  • Arizona Teaching Certificate (current)

  • 2015 Project Grant Recipient, Arizona Commission of the Arts

  • Mindfulness in Schools training

  • Mikro Xoretico Teatro – (dance company) Athens, Greece

  • Independent choreographer

  • Dance for Parkinson’s™ teacher

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