Suzanne Lopez

Rehearsal Director/Coach with the Joffrey since 2016; former Joffrey Artist

Biography

Suzanne Lopez was asked to join The Joffrey Ballet in 1991 after a year with the Joffrey II Dancers. She retired in 2010 after a long and outstanding career with the Company. She danced principal roles in ballets by such choreographers as Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alonzo King, John Cranko, José Limón, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and Sir Frederick Ashton. Some of her favorite roles to perform include the title roles in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Ashton’s Cinderella, as well as the Sugarplum Fairy in Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. She was also featured in world premieres by Edwaard Liang, Donald Byrd, Jessica Lang, and Margo Sappington, among others. Lopez had a featured role in the movie The Company, directed by Robert Altman. She was thrilled to return to The Joffrey Ballet as a Rehearsal Director in 2016, where she has had the privilege to work on new creations with master choreographers, such as John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, and Yuri Possokhov. Lopez has also been a guest teacher, répétiteur and coach at various schools and companies across the world.