Susan McLain, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Company, had also performed with Ballet West, Richard Move, Douglas Nielsen, Larry Richardson and had danced extensively throughout the world and could be seen in the "Dance in America" series for public television. She worked as a solo artist while continuing her work for the Martha Graham Company as its Senior Artistic Associate where she mounted Graham works for university dance departments and also gave pre-curtain lectures for the Graham company’s performances.
Professor McLain held a B.A. in Dance Education and a M.F.A. from the Modern department of dance at the University of Utah where she also served as a faculty member for eight years. Ms. McLain taught at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, and various other professional studios and universities. Her choreography has been seen in the repertoire of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theater and other professional companies in the United States. Professor McLain’s published articles on Pilates-based research have been presented at several Dance and Sports Medicine Conferences. A biographical film, “Susan, A Dancer’s Life” directed by David Viera, has been presented at the New York City Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library Film Series and at the American Dance Festival Film Series in Durham, North Carolina.
Professor McLain taught a variety of courses for the CSULB Department of Dance, in particular: all levels of Modern Technique and Dance Composition, Dance History and Dance Methodology. She also choreographed regularly for the CSULB Dancers in Concert.