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Meet Samantha

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.

Reviews and Testimonials

  • 5 star review  We found Samantha to be our dance instructor for our wedding. We took 2 dance lessons. Samantha showed us couple moves she was very thorough and fun to work with and help to make our first dance as a married couple a bit hit. We highly recommend Samantha !!!

    thumb Carn Jules

    5 star review  Samantha was great. She was very patience 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 !

    thumb Drew Fletcher

    5 star review  We had fun, while learning great steps in a very short time. Samantha is a great teacher!!! We will come back in the summer 🙂

    thumb Madalina Chirila
  • 5 star review  Samantha our instructor for my daughters wedding was fantastic. She made the steps easy and fun. We couldn’t wait each time to go back and learn more. We will be hiring her again in the future for more lessons. Love this place.

    thumb Seldon Young

    5 star review  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 & Mike

    thumb Kerry Nilsen

    5 star review  Samantha is an amazing instructor and I would recommend her to anyone. My dream for my first dance for the entire time we were engaged (which was a long time) was to have our first dance be "Time of my Life."As many know it, it is the last song in the movie Dirty Dancing, which is my all time favorite movie since I was little. We searched and couldn't find anyone, so we were going to take a group tango lesson and be happy with that. That is where we met Samantha, who was our instructor for that class, which was also wonderful. The first class she mentioned that she would do private lessons so I had to ask and she said that she would teach us everything but the lift at the end and I was sold! We were able to learn the entire dance in five, one hour lessons and surprise everyone at our wedding. Still can't believe we did it, but I am ready to take more lessons now!!

    thumb Amanda Sanko

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