Susan Gartell began her dance career in Chandler, Arizona, where she studied under Nadja Lagenhorst and Sharon Meko as part of Ballet Etudes. She continued her training at the University of Arizona on a scholarship as a dance and political science major. Gartell then spent two years with the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program. Since joining the Company, she has had the pleasure of performing roles choreographed by Mark Godden, Kathryn Posin, Lila York, Trey McIntyre, Maurice Causey and George Balanchine, among others. She has also been featured in roles created for her by Margo Sappington, Nelly Von Bommel, Adam Hougland, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Michael Pink. Gartell danced the role of Ophelia in Stephen Mill’s Hamlet, as well as the pas de trois in Act II of La Bayadere, Raymonda variations, the Miettes Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Prayer in Coppélia. She was honored to dance as Wendy in Michael Pink's Peter Pan, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, and Claudia in Michael Pink's Mirror Mirror. Last season, she had the pleasure of performing as Odette/Odile in Sacramento Ballet's Swan Lake. Gartell has traveled to California to perform Petr Zahradnicek’s works at the McCallum Theatre and was an inaugural member of the Traverse City Dance Project.