Susan Hartley

Susan Hartley

Susan Hartley honors the foundation that the arts are central to teaching and learning. Collaboration, integration, engagement, challenge, and celebration are key components to a student’s successful learning experience. Susan, a 40-year veteran dance educator holds NC licensure, a BA in Dramatic Arts from UNC-CH and an MFA in dance from UNC-G. Presently a visiting artist with The United Arts Council of Wake County,Durham Arts Council Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools and ASC, she provides integrated curriculum using A+ principles and Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance. She has been an NC Visiting Artist, K-12 NC and Southeast Dance Educator of the year, director, performer and choreographer with NC dance companies, dance educator with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Wake County Public School System. She has taught dance at every level: infant, Pre-K through high school, university, adult and special programs. Her philosophy involves the process of discovery through movement as she collaborates with classroom teachers and students. Integrated movement activities involving English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies or the other arts are key components to her lessons. Susan also leads professional development workshops to provide tools for classroom teachers to incorporate the arts into their lesson plans.


  147 Spring Cove Dr, Cary, NC 27511

United States


Movement for Body, Brain and Soul

Program description

Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance follows developmental sequences that activate the entire brain and prepare it for recall, comprehension and retention of new knowledge, invigorate and relax the body and mind, and create positive social interaction.  Eye tracking explicitly improves reading comprehension, concentration and focus.

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Susan Hartley


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Teachers
Subject: Dance, Literacy
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

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Available times:

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Length of program: 30 minutes - 90, 120
Space / technical requirements:

A clean, open space to safely facilitate movement, wall space to hang visuals.  A CD or iPod sound system, whiteboard or graph paper/easel.  If class workshop is for students, classroom teacher present and sharing in learning/teaching experience.



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NC Standard Course of Study:


R1  Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it.

R4  Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text.

R10  Read and understand complex literacy and informational texts connecting prior knowledge and experiences to text.


L3  Apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning or style, and comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

L5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language and nuances in word meanings.

NC Essential Standards:

CP.2.2 Recognize that, exemplify, use that concentration is an important part of dance.

C.1.2 Recognize, understand, exemplify connections between dance and concepts in other curricular areas.

C.1.3. Promote health, physical safety and reduced risk of injury

Competency Goal 4: The learner will apply and demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills in dance.  (National Standard 4)

Competency Goal 6: The learner will make connections between dance and healthful living. (National Standard 6)

Competency Goal 7: The learner will make connections between dance and other content areas. (National Standard 7)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Upon notice – we shall reschedule