Susan Van Pelt Petry


Member, NASD Commission on Accreditation
Elected September 2020, term ends September 2023

Susan Van Pelt Petry is currently a professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University (OSU), where she served as Chair from 2006–2015. Prior to that appointment, she was Assistant Dean in the College of the Arts at OSU. Other positions held were Associate Professor at Ohio University, Assistant Professor at OSU, and visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities.

Following a performing and touring career based in New York City with Sara Rudner, Risa Jaroslow, Gloria McLean, and Tony Stafford, Professor Petry spent a decade running her own company, Van Pelt Dance Ensemble. During that time, she operated as a freelance choreographer, teacher, and performer, and received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Ohio Arts Council, the Astral Foundation, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. In addition to U.S. tours, she taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Taiwan National University of the Arts, where she also served as company teacher and rehearsal director for the Cloud Gate Dance Company (Taiwan). She co-founded the Alliance for Dance and Movement Arts in Columbus, Ohio in the 1980s, served as President of OhioDance, Ohio’s statewide service organization, and has been Treasurer of the Council of Dance Administrators.

She previously served NASD as a member of the Board of Directors and as Secretary.

Professor Petry earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Oberlin College.

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Posted October 2020