THE DANCE STUDIO
At The Dance Studio Camillus we believe that dance is something everyone should have an opportunity to be part of. The feeling of immersing yourself into the movements is not only fun but freeing as well. We strive to have a fun, positive, friendly atmosphere where students can come to learn and create life long memories.
Miss Sam was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where her love of dance started early, as it seemed as if she was dancing before she was walking. She formally began her dance training at the age of three at the Hallmark Dance Studio, and she has been able to share her talents and passion across the country into her adulthood. As captain of her high school dance team, she led the troupe in performances at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and on the Carnival Cruise Lines along the Gulf of Mexico. In 2008, Sam was accepted into the Environmental Engineering program at SUNY-ESF, where she continued to perform as a member of Syracuse Dance Works, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2012. During school, she met her now-husband Dan, and they welcomed their baby boy Colt in 2020, who already seems to be taking after his mom’s passion for dance.
She has continued to spread the joy of dance by teaching in local studios and performing as a member of Deviant Dance Tribe and dancing with Lady Knights for the Semi-pro soccer team Silver Knights. While working full time she has attained a Masters of Science in Engineering Management, received her professional engineering license, and has been chosen as one of Central New York Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. Sam loves teaching students because to her, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on their faces when they master a skill they’ve worked so hard on.
She is honored and excited to be able to take the reigns of the studio from Miss Linda over the next year, and continue her legacy. She is anxious to meet all of her students and their families, and eager to provide a safe space where children can nurture and express their creative selves through the art of dance.