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Samantha is a dance artist based in Toronto, ON.  She is proud to be an Indigenous woman of the Ktunaxa Nation. Researching movement through choreography, repertoire and improvisation is what drives Samantha in her career as a professional dancer.  She is passionate about discovering the physical capabilities of the human body in movement and finding new and interesting ways to push those boundaries.

In 2018 Samantha completed the Arts Umbrella Dance Graduate Program under the direction of Artemis Gordon in Vancouver, BC. There she had the honour of working and performing in choreographic processes with Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Gioconda Barbuto, Lesley Telford, and Wen Wei Wang.  She also performed works by Sharon Eyal, Mats Ek, and Aszure Barton. 

During the 2019/20 season Samantha worked with Lesley Telford in Inverso Productions Performance Research Project where she performed at BLOOM: Dance in Vancouver and alongside Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.  In the same 2019/20 season Samantha also worked and performed as a guest artist with Ballet BC in their production of Romeo and Juliet by Medhi Walerski.  

In 2020 Samantha joined Red Sky Performance as an Associate Artist under the direction of Sandra Laronde in Toronto.  During her time with the company she performed Flow by Jera Wolfe in Fall for Dance North 2020, and was part of a new creation by Yosmell Calderon. 

Samantha made her choreographic debut in the Harvest Moon Showcase presented by O.Dela Arts in the fall of 2021.  She created a solo revolving around her experience identifying as an Indigenous artist. She was mentored through this process by Olivia Davies and Alejandro Ronceria.

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All photos used throughout are taken by Zachary CardwellMika Manning, and Michael Slobodian

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