Susan Panek received her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and a B.F.A. in dance from Marygrove College. Her teaching credits include The University of Michigan, Juliana's Academy of Dance, Lascu School of Ballet, The Pointe Academy of Dance, Geiger Ballet Academy, Premiere Music & Dance, Cre8tive Fine Arts Academy and many others.
Panek has choreographed for and performed as a back-up dancer with the Fabulous Fakes, a Las Vegas revue of renowned impersonators, and has appeared in concert with Dance Nonce, Dance Detroit and Writhm Dance Company. In addition to this, she has appeared in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Nutcracker, serving as its Ballet Mistress, Children's Rehearsal Director and Executive Managing Director.
She is a former co-owner and co-director of the Premiere Plus Youth Dance Program in cooperation with various local recreation departments. Ms. Panek's choreographic works can be seen at Marygrove College, Orchestra Hall, The Hillberry Theatre, Actor's Alliance and various community and high school productions.
Panek has recently earned certification to teach Pilates Mat through the National Exercise Trainer's Association (NETA) and holds certification to teach Zumba as an active member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN). She is currently serving Marygrove College as the Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, Chair of Dance and Vice-President of the Faculty Assembly.