Zsuzsa Szabo-Nyarady

PT, Russian Language


Culture and Media Studies

Carleton Hall 331A


1 506 453 3571

Multi-disciplinary educator Dr. Zsuzsanna Szabo-Nyarady teaches Russian language and culture / dance courses in the Department of Culture and Language Studies.

Zsuzsa’s academic training includes an MA and Ph.D. in Russian language and literature. Growing up between Hungary and Russia she learned to speak Russian as a young child and has native speaker like fluency. Her academic theses explored the early works of the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, looking at the stylistics of the modes of address in the mirrors of English and Hungarian translations.

Presently Zsuzsa is teaching introductory Russian language courses where she uses a variety of participatory teaching techniques to facilitate her student’s learning. She aims to make the basic knowledge of Russian very accessible to all students.

Zsuzsa is also a dance scholar and movement educator. Her academic training in this area is a Fine Arts degree with dance major from York University with additional notable training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the Martha Graham School in New York and the National Ballet School in Toronto. One of her current research interests is exploring the status of dance education at universities and colleges.

Her Culture and Dance courses blend theory and practice. In these courses students have the opportunity to not only study dance theory, but to move and create dances as well as watch live performances. Students with or without previous dance training can take the courses.

Zsuzsa is a dedicated teacher and a life long learner. In addition to her academic disciplines she is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor. She presently teaches recreational Pilates, Yoga, Yoga-dance as well as children’s creative movement classes at St. Thomas University.

In every course that she teaches Zsuzsa enjoys sharing her knowledge with her students and helping her students to succeed.


  • BA, UNB, Fredericton
  • BFA, York University, Toronto
  • MA, UNB, Fredericton
  • MA, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, USA
  • Ph.D., ELTE, Budapest, Hungary
  • Dip.U.T., Diploma in University Teaching, UNB, Fredericton

Recent conference presentations

2014: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Special Needs in the Introductory Russian Class. Teaching Russian Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

2012: Kinesthetic Teaching and Learning in the Introductory Russian Class. Teaching Russian Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

2010: “Dance and the Liberal Arts”, International Conference on the Liberal Arts, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

2010: “Body/Mind Fitness” Brian Ouellette Spirituality Conference, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

Courses taught

  • RUSS 1013: Introductory Russian I
  • RUSS 1023: Introductory Russian II
  • RUSS 2013: Second Year Russian Language I
  • RUSS 2023: Second Year Russian Language II
  • WLCS 1002: Modernity, Eternity and Cultures in Collision
  • WLCS 2024: Culture and Dance I – So You Think You Know Dance
  • WLCS 2025: Culture and Dance II – Dance in the Global Village

Teaching awards

  • 2012 Nominated for Allan P. Stuart Teaching Award, UNB