Susannah "Sukie" Keita is a versatile dance artist who has paired her energy with dance companies and public schools as a performer, choreographer and educator. She grew up as a student of Joffrey Ballet principal dancers Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sukie studied modern dance at the University of Michigan and then trained in New York City as a scholarship student at Steps On Broadway. A M.F.A. graduate of the University of Arizona School of Dance, she has performed with the Grand Rapids Ballet, InSync Dance Theatre, Adrenaline Dance, Treeline Dance Works and Arizona-based companies O-T-O Dance Theatre, New Articulations, Thom Lewis Dance, Mamaxe Dancers, Flam Chen, Funhouse Movement Theatre and Zuzi Dance Theatre. Since 2000, she has studied Katherine Dunham Technique with master and certified instructors including Penny Godboldo, Keith Williams, Rachel Tavernier, Patricia Wilson, Dr. Albirda Rose and Dr. Halifu Osumare. In 2012, she became certified to teach through the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. Sukie has received grants from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Arizona Commission on the Arts as a solo dance artist and choreographer, and in 2006, toured Ecuador with aerial and modern-based O-T-O Dance Theatre for the International Festival for Women in Dance. Sukie has enjoyed a vibrant career as a K-12 dance educator, developing curricula that foster students' self-reliance, creativity and holistic health. She was honored with GCU's Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 and is serving her first term as president of the Arizona Dance Education Organization.