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Susan McKee McCullough

Susan McKee McCullough graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) high school program in 1969 and went on to the School of American Ballet, returning to Winston-Salem in 1970 as a charter member of the North Carolina Dance Theatre.  In 1972 she joined the Harkness Ballet of New York and, in 1975 the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT), directed by Jiri Kylian.  McCullough performed with NDT until 1984, adding the roles of ballet mistress (regisseur) and company teacher in 1980.  From 1986 to 1988 she directed the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and in 1988 she returned to Winston- Salem as Dean of NCSA School of Dance, a position she held for twenty years.  McCullough retreated to the (U)NCSA faculty in August 2007 and retired as emeritus from (U)NCSA in May of 2014. 

McCullough has staged works by Kylian for The Joffrey Ballet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  She has choreographed and staged over twenty-five works for (U)NCSA as well as works for the National Choreographer’s Initiative, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and State University of New York at Purchase.  In 1987 she received the Pennsylvania Arts Council Choreographer’s Grant.

McCullough is married to Rick McCullough and has two beautiful daughters and two delightful granddaughters.