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 before joining the Company. Since dancing with 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. She danced the role of Ophelia in Stephen Mill’s Hamlet and performed 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 also honored to dance the role of Wendy in Michael Pink's Peter Pan and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Gartell traveled to California to perform Petr Zahradnicek’s works at the McCallum Theatre and was honored to be an inaugural member of the Traverse City Dance Project.