Suzanne Westmoreland

Suzanne Westmoreland
Beginning Ballet
Suzanne Westmoreland is a native Californian, born in Hollywood and raised in Los Angeles. She has been a student of ballet since the age of five, studying as a child with Sheila Rozann, then later as an adult with Stanley Holden and Margaret Hills. In 1990 Ms. Westmoreland and her husband moved to Orange County where she continued to pursue her passion for dance. She has been a student in the Adult Open Division at the Maple Conservatory of Dance since our inception in 2007.

Ms. Westmoreland completed her undergraduate work at the University of California at San Diego and received her B.A. in Fine Arts and Humanities as well as her Elementary Teaching credential from San Diego State University. She received her M.S. in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University. Ms. Westmoreland recently retired after a 38-year career in education with the last 21 years spent as an elementary school principal in Los Angeles and Orange County.

While recovering from a hip injury, Ms. Westmoreland discovered the benefits of Pilates and it was two years later that she entered into a certification course. Her training included 200 hours of observation as well as student teaching, anatomy classes and specialized workshops with Ron Fletcher, Karen Shanley and Karen Clippinger. She completed her certification course with Diane Diefenderfer in 2003 and at that time was invited to become a member of the staff at Studio du Corps where she teaches private and group classes. Ms. Westmoreland is also a certified American Ballet Theatre Cerififed Teacher in Primary Level through Level 3.

Ms. Westmoreland’s experience teaching students of all grades, K-6, and as an elementary principal in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District has reinforced her belief in the academic, social and emotional benefits of disciplined physical training for children and young adults. Ms. Westmoreland has taught Pilates mat classes at Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, South County Classical Ballet and at the Tustin Dance Center Summer Intensive. In addition, she has taught dance to elementary-age children in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, the Saddleback Recreation Department, and at the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. Ms. Westmoreland continues to refine her craft by participating in annual ballet intensives and performing in local events.