Ms. Slenn is a native of Philadelphia and received her early training at the School of The Pennsylvania Ballet. She continued her studies at The Centre de Danse Classique with Rosella Hightower, Cannes, France; Harkness House, New York; The Joffrey Ballet, New York; and Interlochen Center for The Arts, Michigan. Ms. Slenn’s transition from dance student to aspiring professional produced an invitation to train with the Joffrey Ballet. While dancing as a trainee, Suzanne was asked to join Pennsylvania Ballet as one of a select group of dancers for their newly established Pa. Ballet 2. During her time with the ballet Suzanne danced many roles, both classical and contemporary, with Pennsylvania Ballet’s parent company and second company. Invited to join NBC Entertainment Corporation, Suzanne danced numerous corps, soloist, and principal roles in the company’s vast repertoire. Ms. Slenn toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand in a variety of Equity productions.
Upon returning to New York, Suzanne accepted a request to perform as a soloist and featured artist with Edward Villella and the New Jersey Ballet. She went on to return to Pennsylvania where she began her conversion from dancer to teacher. After retiring from performing, Suzanne enjoyed a long tenure as a faculty member of the Shirley Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet where she choreographed a wide variety of works appearing in the school's repertoire. Appointed Regional Director and Ballet Coordinator for Rock School West, she rendered her services as teacher and choreographer. Ms.Slenn also holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance at the University of The Arts where she teaches ballet technique, pointe, and repertoire. She also serves as Faculty Advisor overseeing choreography for the Student Composition Course. In 1999, Ms. Slenn was invited to join the faculty of Bryn Mawr College and continued that collaboration until establishing her own school in 2004. She can still occasionally be seen on stage performing character roles for The Pennsylvania Ballet.