The Cultural Arts Studio School of Afro-Caribbean Dance

Artistic Director

 

 

Suzan Lavertu is a loving wife and mother of Julianne and Samuel..

She is an inspired performing artist, seasoned teacher, choreographer and founder of The Cultural Arts Studio School Of Afro-Caribbean Dance.

Suzan is also the 2006 nominee in the category of Healthy Living for the YWCA-YMCA  Woman of Distinction awards and recipient of the 3's Company Cultural Mosaic Award, The Global Community Alliance Award, The Jamaica Ottawa Community Association Heros Award in the category of business. Suzan recently received a 2013 United Way Community Builder Award and is very proud to have her name inscribed on the "Wall of Inspiration" in the Jean Pigot hall of Ottawa's city hall.

In 2016 she was awarded a Leading Women Building Communities  Recognition Award from the province of Ontario 

 

HER TRAINING

At the age of 4 , her parents enrolled at the local community center where she trained in classical ballet and ballet-jazz. She continued her formal dance training at The Montreal Jazz Dance Academy, which led her to tour Canada with South African singer Lorraine Klassen, one of Canada's top world beat performaers and Tandie Klassen, a famous South African singer and anti-apartheid activist. This experience in cultural diversity was the catalyst for the need to experience her cultural artistic roots through dance.

 

HER ARTISTIC TRIUMPHS

Founder and Artistic Director to The Cultural Arts Studio School Of Afro-Caribbean Dance, established in the Ottawa community since 1995.

She has choreographed award winning dance pieces at the Junior Caribbean Dance Festival in Toronto and the Ottawa Dance Festival.

She was a member/choreographer for Voices Of Praise Gospel Choir who has performed with Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Maya Angelou and Corretta Scott King.

PHILANTROPHICAL PURSUITS

She is the Founder & Director of  The  Afro-Caribbean Cotillion.

She has been a City of Ottawa volunteer lead for United Way

Organized fundraising events for the Eating Disorders Clinic at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Volunteer for the Snowsuit Fund, the Ottawa Food Bank and the Eastern Ottawa Resource Center.

She is the Director if the Full Size and Fabulous Fashion Show and the Woman Of Color Fair. 

CariVibe MAS Band Leader for "Carnival for a Cause" Fundraising for The Haiti Relief efforts.

She has introduced her unique style  of dance through various schools and community youth programs in the Ottawa/Outaouais region including Play for Peace and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization.

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY

She is committed to the preserving and sharing of Afro-Caribbean culture through dance.

"Dance Like Nobody's Watching!" 

"Tell your dance story and dance it like you believe it!"