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Samantha Morales is a current dance educator, choreographer, and performer based out of New York City.  She is pursuing her Master's in Dance Education from New York University specializing in the professions and higher education. As a freelance dancer and member of two professional companies, DanceKerr & Dancers and Aries in Flight, she has performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Beacon Theatre, Jack Crystal Theater, TADA! Youth Theatre, and the Frederick Loewe Theater. She was a Jazz & Contemporary trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School where she studied under leading industry professionals. Originally from Florida, she danced with Level Dance Company, DFS Company, and Dance Tallahassee Performance Company before going on to dance for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

 

Samantha is passionate about advocating for dance and brings a unique energy to her classes that pushes dancers to take risks and remain curious. Her personal teaching philosophy is that dance should foster  individuality and provide a supportive environment to find ones creative voice. As an educator she values a safe environment where differences are welcome and encouraged. A goal for her students is for them to walk away with a greater awareness of themselves and others. Dance helps develop critical thinking skills and the ability to make connections to the outside world. Her overall mission is to produce active, creative, and open-minded members of the arts community. Students that go on to be lifelong learners that question, reflect, and explore are incredibly important for the the art of dance and humanity as a whole. Through her network of fellow artists, educators, and advocates, she plans to guide her students into collaborative work that keeps dance important.  

Teaching:

  • Connecticut Dance Center

  • Elite Dance Complex

  • NYU, Steinhardt- guest artist

  • Ultimate Dance Florida

  • Dance Fusion Studios of Tallahassee

  • Florida Dance Masters- assistant teacher

Awards:

  • 2016 Emerging Professional Award, NDEO Jazz Dance Conference 

  • 2014 Choreographic Excellence Award: Nexstar, Starpower & Believe National Dance Competition