Susan Benfield

Susan Benfield

nia® White and Blue Belt Licensed Teacher, with Degrees in Environmental Education and Kindergarten/Elementary Education and a Ballroom/Social Dance Teacher.  Susan is CPR Certified.

Susan recently completed her Blue Belt training in nia® after earning a White Belt in October of 2018. She has been dancing nia® since August of 2017.

She is very excited to be a part of n~motion, and looks forward to using her teaching skills while deepening her nia® practice.

Susan began her journey with dance at Penn State University, where she joined the Penn State International Dancers. The group learned and performed folk dances from around the world. After earning degrees in Environmental Education and Kindergarten/Elementary Education, Susan moved to Greenville, Pennsylvania to work as the Environmental Educator/Assistant Recreation Director for the town. There she joined groups that performed Appalachian clogging and Ukrainian folk dance, and began teaching Ballroom/Social Dance. Her husband Ted was one of her first students and became her teaching partner. They taught for seven years before moving to Charlotte in 1994.

Susan joined the Charlotte International Dancers, and also began teaching line dance. She has taught at the Harris YMCA, the Park Road YWCA, Sharon Presbyterian Church, and the Marion Diehl Recreation Center on Tyvola Road. She became certified and taught A.B.L.E. (All Bodies Like Exercise) through Mecklenburg County.

After moving to Fort Mill in 1998, Susan taught at the Leroy Springs Complex, the Four Seasons Community, and the Gold Hill YMCA.

She enjoyed 22 years of teaching line dance at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in north Charlotte. Since Spring of 2016, Susan has taught weekly at Unity Presbyterian Church, only recently “retiring” to focus on nia® and other dance forms at n~motion. Susan has taught dance at a number of private parties and special events since moving to the Carolinas.

Susan volunteered as a docent at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill for 15 years, working primarily with upper-elementary age children. She currently sings in the choir and rings handbells at Unity. She has served two terms as a Deacon and is on the Health Ministries Team.

Susan was a board member and co-director of the Fort Mill Community Playhouse. She and Ted are avid theater-goers. The couple has two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They live in Fort Mill.

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