Since completing her own formal education, Sam has been working with young people in the arts in various aspects of education and training.
Sam is passionate about creating positive change in the dance industry, and integrating dance into all aspects of a young person’s learning, transferring the skills beyond the studio.
After training in all styles of dance with a focus on classical ballet through her childhood, Sam continued her training in commercial dance and musical theatre, performing in many corporate and commercial works. Developing her passion for education, she then continued her studies at Queensland University of Technology, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance; Education), and then obtaining her Diploma of Dance, Diploma of Musical Theatre & Certificate IV in Training & Assessment . Her studies at QUT opened new pathways and opportunities to combine dance and education. Sam choreographed, performed and facilitated performances and workshops at QPACs biannual children’s festival, Out of the Box. She was also asked to tutor and mentor young creative industry students with physical or mental disabilities through their studies. These opportunities highlighted the importance of equal opportunity for young people in dance, and the necessity of a positive and diverse learning environment.
Sam continued her career in dance through workshops and performances with Zeta Dance Group. The group was given the opportunity to conduct workshops and hosts performances in association with Ausdance Queensland through south-east Queensland, targeting young dancers aspiring to develop their contemporary dance skills.
Throughout her work in Queensland, Sam developed skills in working with a diverse range of students, both able- and disable-bodied, and with students with a range of experience in dance. This led her to conducting workshops and training programs in high schools, primary schools, early learning centers, dance studios, Calisthenics groups and adult training.
Moving to Melbourne, Sam worked extensively with Scimm Dance Company to establish Platforms Youth Company, a program that tours Victoria hosting workshops in both urban and regional centres. The youth program also aims to provide a performance platform for young dance students with notable potential and Sam has provided countless participants mentoring and guidance to ensure they strive to reach this potential, encouraging growth in skill, performance and self.
Sam has delivered accredited training to young people as they train for a career in the performing arts. This included the delivery of courses in dance, musical theatre and dance teaching. Sam has worked closely with students to ensure their training is helping them to meet their goals. With an interest in injury management and prevention, Sam worked to establish safer dance practices in full time dancers, preventing injury and minimizing recovery time, working with leading physiotherapists and healthcare practitioners. She also worked closely with young people to overcome mental and emotional issues faced as they further their training in the arts, working to create positive mindsets and resilience.
Additionally in Melbourne, Sam has worked with National Indigenous Television (NITV, aired on ABC3) on performances, workshops and TV encouraging safe, equal opportunities for indigenous peoples in the arts.
All of her experiences have further enhanced Sam’s passion for creating a positive, healthy environment for young people to learn dance in. Sam strongly believes that dance should be accessible and enjoyed by all people, of all cultural backgrounds and of all abilities, and she endeavors to encourage this in all that she does.
Child safety is vitally important in all aspects of work with young people. These children are the future of all of our industries. Ensuring they have a happy and positive experience in dance, and the arts, ensures the longevity and growth of dance into the future. Child safety concerns us all.