Sue Gilson has professional credits in jazz, tap, and Polynesian dance from performances in the Los Angeles area. Sue choreographed musicals for the Palomar College Theatre, including Cabaret, Can-Can, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, The Merry Widow, Quilters, and Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few . Her choreography for Palomar College’s 50th Anniversary Musical, Kiss Me Kate, received critical acclaim. Along with Tom Hansen, she co-choreographed and co-produced productions of Gershwin in Revue , Ballads, Blues, and Boogie-Woogie, and Stompin’ at the Brubeck. She directed the Performing Arts Department’s Dance outreach program, which has presented numerous programs for local high schools and community organizations. She also directs Encore, a select group of dancers which have been the featured entertainment at numerous Palomar College Foundation Galas. Sue continues to teach at Palomar College as an Associate Professor of Dance. Sue has choreographed community shows for the Rancho Santa Fe School District, the 75th Anniversary Gala for the Bishop’s School, the Rancho Bernardo Country Club, and for Leisure World in Laguna Hills. To maintain state-of-the-art dance skills and techniques, Sue regularly participates in professional dance workshops and master classes. Sue has studied with Gus Giordano in Chicago and Frank Hatchett in New York City. She also studied dance in London, England, and Stuttgart, Germany.
Sue had been a friend of and a teacher for Georgia Copeland for over 25 years. On Georgia’s passing in 1999, Sue took over the Studio and continues Georgia’s legacy. Georgia’s School of Dance is now teaching a third generation of students. Among the personal awards Sue has received are the San Diego Performing Arts League “Star” Award, the Company Dance Educator Award, and has been recognized twice in the Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women”. Sue is a member of the North San Diego Business Chamber and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. Sue’s motto is “Keep Dancing”.