The Amazing Dancer/Icon, Pearl Primus

In part one for V for Vitality, Peggy and Murry Schwartz, friends and colleagues of Pearl Primus offer an intimate perspective on her life and explore with Susan Brender, her infuences on American culture, dance, and education. Peggy Schwartz is a professor of dance and former director of the dance program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Murry Schwartz is former Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of massachusetts Amherst. He teaches Literature at Emerson College. The Schwartzes interviewed hundreds of Primus’s family members, friends, and fellow artists for their book entitled “The Dance Claimed Me”.

About Susan Brender

Susan Brender has 20 years experience as a television producer with diversified broadcasting experience in the Political, Entertainment, Legal, and Business arenas. She is the recipient of the ACE Award for (Best Program in an Educational Series): Teenagers: Drinking and Driving “A Killer.”

As a producer on CNBC, The Charles Grodin Show, Susan was the driving force behind a critically acclaimed series that examined the inequities in the justice system. Her other network cable producing experience includes Pozner/Donahue, and Gerry Spence Shows. At MSNBC, Susan lent her producing expertise to a variety of talk programming with leading newsmakers. She also produced business news segments for the top-rated, nationally syndicated business news program, The Wall Street Journal Report.

In the field of documentary film, Susan worked with the accomplished independent documentary makers, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegeduson a project about the youngest person on death row.

Susan became involved in the “Dot.Com” world in 2001 where she became Vice- President and Director of the Women’s Channel for Stellar Networks, a Seattle based Company. Today Susan’s interests lie in the Arts and Health arena. She is currently working in communications and development for non-profits dedicated to arts and education and arts and health.

Susan is also the Host of V for Vitality on WomensRadio. V for Vitality features interviews with artists discussing how the arts play a vital role in maintaining youth and vitality. This show will discuss the fundamental importance of the arts in the mind-body-spirit relationship as a health strategy.