I began dancing at the age of five in a small community dance program, learning the foundations of ballet, tap and jazz, until the community program closed in 2004. While pursuing a Bachelors degree in Education at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, I found my passion for ballroom dance. For 3 years, I was a member, Team Captain and ultimately Club President of the Fairmont State Dance program, where I had the opportunity to compete at numerous local, regional, and national collegiate Dancesport competitions in both American and International styles. I also choreographed and performed showcase routines as part of Fairmont State's In-House Competition, Dancing with the Faculty, and Absolute Ballroom's Studio Showcase.
After graduation, I served as an intern for Absolute Ballroom Dance Studio in Pittsburgh, and continued to compete Pro/Am under the instruction of Amanda Wolf (Rising Star, American Rhythm) and Dmitry Demidov (Russian Latin Finalist, Dancing with the Pros star) until the summer of 2015. In the fall of 2015 I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. I currently teach group and private lessons at BallroomUtah Dance Studio in South Salt Lake, and continue training as a professional dance competitor.
"My now husband and I took five lessons with Samantha to learn a first dance to our wedding. She choreographed an entire dance to “Beauty and the Beast”. She captured the magic of both the new and old classic. She was very communicative when teaching and was willing to repeat anything we requested if we were having difficulty. This was wonderful as we both are not dancers. The final product turned out amazing. Thank you so much Samantha!"
- Denise and Sebastian
"Samantha was great. She was very patient which was extremely important for my wife and I as we were complete beginners. Samantha worked to craft our own individual routine which, thanks to her instructions, went off without a hick at the reception. We would definitely recommend working with Samantha!"
- Drew and Dana
"My husband and I had an excellent experience working with Samantha. We took four dance lessons with her before our wedding. She took the time to listen to our song choice and come up with wonderful steps to go with it. As beginners, some of the moves were difficult to get down, but Samantha was an excellent teacher and helped us through the challenging parts of our dance. She was extremely patient with us! We had so much fun learning & executing our dance and we got a lot of compliments from guests at our wedding. Thanks, again!"
- Kerry and Mike
Recent Wedding Blog Posts
Searching for the perfect song for your father-daughter dance? As part of many of our wedding dance lessons, we asked to help with father-daughter dances. These are always fun and special dances to add to any wedding, but sometimes it can be hard to think of a fitting song. In order to jump start your […]
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As the traditional “Wedding Season” for dance studios comes to a close, let’s look back on the most used songs of 2017. This is by no means a national trend list, simply the songs that were most used by my clients, and clients of the studio where I teach. Popular Wedding Songs of 2017 Goo […]