Susan Manchak was born in Madrid, Spain. She lived for six years in Singapore and Malaysia studying under the Royal Academy of Dancing. Following her studies with Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France and Richard Collins in London, England, she performed with the Frankfurt Ballet, Washington Ballet, and as a principal with the Colorado Ballet and with the Kansas City Ballet. She performed in a wide range of styles, including the classics, (Odette in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker); Balanchine (The Sleepwalker, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Siren in The Prodigal Son; Bolender (The Stillpoint), Tudor (Lilac Garden), and Ailey (The River).
Ms. Manchak was Interim School Director for the Springfield Ballet where she also choreographed a children’s ballet. For the Ballet Arts of Minnesota she set The Stillpoint and gave master classes. She performed her pas de deux “Duo Danza” at the Ballet Builders Showcase in New York city. According to the New York Times, her pas de deux was “a high point of the evening.”
Locally she has choreographed several works for the Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet ,Los Olivos Dance Gallery and Class Act Dance in Paso Robles, including The Nutcracker for Class Act Dance. Her work has been shown at the Regional Dance Festival, Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and the Fountain Theater in Hollywood, California. She has given workshops and master classes throughout the country and is presently teaching ballet in several studios in Santa Barbara including Gustafson Dance, The Dance Hub, Parks & Rec and Starlight Dance Academy in Ojai. She also coaches privately.