Suzan Richards is a loving mother to Julianne and Samuel.
She is the proprietor of The Cultural Arts Studio, School of Afro-Caribbean Dance, Wellness Community for the past 25 years
Formally trained in Ballet Jazz at The Montreal Jazz Dance Academy and the West Can Folk Performing
Company in Montreal, she is an inspired performing artist, seasoned teacher and choreographer.
Her strong cultural roots from the island of Dominica motivated her to create The Cultural Arts Studio, School
of Afro-Caribbean Dance, a space where folk dances from Africa & The Caribbean can be shared and
Known in the community as “Teacher Suzan”, she has touched the lives of thousands of youth in this
community through this endeavour. She is also the co-host of Caribbean Calendar on Rogers-22
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 performers 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.
She has introduced her unique style of dance through various schools and community programs in the Ottawa/Outaouais region.
She is currently a professional artist with MASC (Multicultural Arts In Schools & Communities)
HER ARTISTIC TRIUMPHS
Founder and Artistic Director to The Cultural Arts Studio School of Afro-Caribbean Dance, established in the
Ottawa community since 1995, proudly celebrating 25 years in the nation’s capital. Suzan has opened
Ottawa’s first studio dedicated to the celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture through arts & wellness
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 Coretta Scott King.
Suzan is the Founder & Director of The Afro-Caribbean Cotillion. The vision of The Afro-Caribbean Cotillion is a
modern combination of the African and Caribbean rites of passages and values creating a valuable and unique
experience that emphasize positive social interaction, showing respect to others and increased self-confidence
for young women of African and Caribbean decent in an ever-changing society.
She is committed to the preserving and sharing of Afro-Caribbean culture through dance. She believes that
everyone should have the opportunity to tell their story through dance and movement regardless of age, size,
fitness level or disability.
"Dance is your story to write and interpreted through the language of your soul"