Suzann DeLay is a native of California, started her dance
career at a very young age with Deane and Barbara Crockett, founders of Sacramento Ballet. While in California, she
was a member of the Sacramento Ballet, dancing major roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia,
Antony Tudor’s Soiree’ Musicale, Pas de Quatre, and Paquita. She also had a brief career with Pacific
Northwest Ballet until injury forced her to retire. She has been fortunate to study with Violette Verdy of the New York
City Ballet, Robert Barnett of the Atlanta Ballet, Robert Joffrey of the Joffrey Ballet, David Wood (Modern), Gordon Paxman
of Ballet West and Janet Reed of the New York City Ballet, to name a few. Suzann has also appeared in several musicals
including The Princess and The Pea and Lil’ Abner. She has also appeared in several PBS specials in the California
Suzann has taught, choreographed, and performed throughout the United States,
including the School for Sacramento Ballet and various regional companies. She has won numerous awards for choreography
works in ballet and lyrical. She is currently on the teaching staff at the Performer’s Edge School of Dance.
Trained in Cecchetti and Russian techniques, she was a student of the Crocketts'
for over 20 years and is dedicated to carrying on their teachings.
Central Indiana Dance Ensemble was founded in 1999
by artistic director, Suzann DeLay. The company is committed to providing cultural and educational enrichment to the
Central Indiana community. The company provides an environment for aspiring young dancers to learn, practice and perform
in a pre-professional atmosphere, in a variety of dance forms. Central Indiana Dance Ensemble has 33 members, 15 of
which are in the pre-professional division. The company has been fortunate to work with such choreographers and teachers
as William Lark, Richard Rein, Edward Moffat, Svetlana Cravtova, and Lise Hearn.
Annually, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble performs a full-length
Nutcracker. Karl Kaufman continues to be the scenic designer for the production. Students from all over central Indiana participate
with company members to comprise a cast of over 100 dancers. Central Indiana Dance Ensemble continues to offer to all
area Girls Scouts a special “Scout” performance. This enables the scouts to meet the dancers up close and
personal. Central Indiana Dance Ensemble has also appeared as Guest Artists with a local youth company in their presentation
of The Nutcracker. This winter the company held auditions for its full length spring presentation of Cinderella adding
to their continuing growing repertoire. Central Indiana Dance Ensemble is an active participant in the Hamilton County
community, conducting ongoing outreach programs for area children. This year the company was invited to perform in the
first annual “Women In The Arts Festival” held in the arts district of Indianapolis.
In 2004 Central Indiana Dance Ensemble received Performing status
and received Gala Credit for the ballet Evacuees. Members of Central Indiana Dance Ensemble have been accepted, some
on scholarship, to many of the top summer intensives. Graduates of the company are dancing with Nashville Ballet and