Sausan began her trajectory into the world of dance at the precocious age of three. She embraced her talent to dance and ear for music while in Spain where her family moved to from California. She began her training in Spanish Flamenco and for the ne … show more
Sausan began her trajectory into the world of dance at the precocious age of three. She embraced her talent to dance and ear for music while in Spain where her family moved to from California. She began her training in Spanish Flamenco and for the next two years in Alegrías and Sevillanas, as well as the castañelas (castanets). In 1959, at age four and a half, Sausan's family left for Bangkok, Thailand where she attended school through the ninth grade. During that time, she discovered Thai Classical dance and for the next nine years studied the native dance and its culture, performing in ceremonial and national events, including her Majesty the Queen's birthday. At age 14, Sausan moved back to the United States where in her last two years of high school ventured into Scottish dance adding to her resume of performing arts. In 1972, after graduating from high school, Sausan again followed her love for dance and began her studies in belly dance at Jodette's Belly Dance School located in Sacramento, California. Up until this point she continued to dedicate herself to expanding her knowledge and understanding of other forms of dance and music, but upon discovering raqs sharki (belly dance), she realized that she finally arrived home. She devoted herself full time to her studies with Jodette for five years, and in 1977 she moved to San Francisco to seek out further training and performance opportunities. While working towards mastering the belly dance, Sausan again stepped into the demanding world of dance and in 1980 she got her first show at the Bagdad on Broadway in San Francisco. In addition to Bagdad, she also was seen to perform at the Greek Taverna on Columbus Street, the Marrakesch on O'Farrell Street, El Mansour on Clement Street, the Athena Taverna in Oakland, and the Casablanca in South San Francisco.