Susie Spies

Where from: South Africa

Biography
I have been part of the FTO family for almost a decade, and I have served and danced many times; in the kitchen, as Moon Mother, at the Water/Fire and as a dog soldier. I've also coordinated a few times with cajun.

I have seen my daughter grow up through her experiences in the FTO and this has brought us even closer than we were before. I have had my mother with me as an elder at the FTO in 2010. This is something that I cherish.

Being part of the FTO Dance is one of the most significant choices I have ever made. In this 'family' I have found my soul family and I have found a safe place to discover who I really am. I found my voice when I danced at Blue Hippo in 2007. And in this dance family I have reconnected with friends from way way back - and I know I will meet more old friends that I haven't met before at every FTO!

I have experienced unconditional love, and I have learned that Jeanne is right; it really is all about how we treat each other. Being in the Dance space, surrounded by so much love, is a wonderful experience. Serving the Dancers is a privilege that I missed in 2011 and 2012 in South Africa but I was most fortunate to be able to be in Israel (FTO) and Germany (Ark) during those years.

In 2013 I was able to be at the Gathering and the For The One Dance at Sacred Grove in North Carolina and returned to the USA in 2014 as a first time chief with Candy Barbee.

I look forward to chiefing the South African Dance in November 2014

For the One Dance Experience
2014: Chief at Sacred Grove, Tennessee
2013: Kitchen Angel at Midrand, South Africa
2013: Attended Crew Gathering and Kitchen Archangel, Sacred Grove, Tennessee
2012: Facilitated Open Heart Process in South Africa
2012: Attended Ark in Wasserkoog, Germany
2011-2012: Open Heart Facilitator Training: Israel & Germany
2011: Kitchen Archangel in Israel
2010: Water/Fire at Midrand, South Africa
2009: Alpha Dog / Coordinator at Midrand, South Africa
2008: Danced at Zuvuya & Moon Mother for the Youth Dance / Kitchen Archangel & Coordinator at Midrand, South Africa
2007: Attended crew training at Midrand, South Africa / Moon mother at the end of crew training at Midrand, South Africa. Danced at Cape Town, South Africa / Kitchen Archangel at Cape Town, South Africa for the World Youth Dance.
2006: Danced at Rustlers Valley, South Africa
2005: Kitchen Angel (twice) at Rustlers Valley, South Africa

Languages & Personal Information
English, Afrikaans

Events including Susie Spies
Crew & Chief Gathering - USA    20 - 25 September 2013    Role: Speaker
For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa    15 - 17 November 2013    Role: Kitchen Angel
For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa    15 - 17 November 2013    Role: Kitchen Angel
For the One Dance, North Carolina - USA    16 - 18 May 2014    Role: Chief
For the One Dance, South Africa - South Africa    28 - 30 November 2014    Role: Chief