Samantha started dancing and performing at 5 years old. Trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary and Ballroom as well as acting and singing at Local Motions Dance Company. At Local Motions Dance Company, her biggest mentor was D’Lana O’Neal, owner and director of the organization. She cultivated her performance skills and trained her in the art of improvisation both in acting and dancing.
She began training in salsa On1 9 years ago in 2010 and then was trained by Michael Angelo at the Dance Academy of Salsa and Bachata.
Samantha began attending and traveling to congresses, both in Chicago and out of state, to take workshops with Karel Flores, Amneris Martinez, Karen y Ricardo, Ernesto and Denisse, Chavez y Silvia and Jorjet Alcocer. She alsoI travelled to Puebla, Mexico and took several classes with the multiple World Champion Salsa Dancers Gio y Gaby Ochoa in 2018.
In February of 2019, she assisted Juho So in a Bachata social dancing dips/tricks workshop at the Chicago International Salsa Congress 2019.
Samantha graduated from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in 2015 and currently works as a full time cosmetologist at Paul Rehder Salon in downtown Chicago. She specializes in hair color, hair styling and eyelash extensions.
Samantha currently co-directs the Latin Street Melao’ Salsa Team with studio owner Andres Meneses & teaches on Sundays at the South Loop location and Mondays in Oak Park satellite location.