Company Artist Samantha Zanol, one of the first dancers to join Ballet 5:8 in 2012, has now completed three performing seasons with the company. This summer, Samantha will be embarking on a new adventure as she begins work with another nonprofit organization, Exodus Cry. Samantha has blessed us all greatly during her time with Ballet 5:8, both with her consistency onstage and through her quiet service behind the scenes, including as the Administrative Assistant for Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts since 2013. It is with a true mix of joy and sadness that we will be sending Samantha off after her final performance on Friday, June 26th. We will miss you Sam!Read More
We are privileged to announce the return of Samantha Zanol for her third season with Ballet 5:8! She will be continuing with us as a Senior Apprentice for the 2014-2015 Season.
Q: When did you join Ballet 5:8?
A: I joined Ballet 5:8 for it's first season in 2012.
Q: How long have you been dancing, including as a child?
A: I've been dancing for 17 years. I started dancing when I was 7 after visiting a dance studio with my Girl Scout troop.
Q: Where do you call “home”?
A: I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but Chicago is starting to feel like home!
Q: What led you to pursue dancing with a Christian company?
My desire has always been to use the gifts God has given me to glorify him and to share the Gospel. I came across Ballet 5:8 and saw that the values and mission of the company reflected my own and I knew it was where God wanted me to be.
Q: What is the most important thing that you keep in your dance bag or locker?
A: One of the most important things in my dance bag is my tennis ball. I use it to roll out and loosen up those pesky knots.
Q: Why do you dance?
A: I dance because it brings me joy. My hope is that my dancing will bring other people joy and that they would see the beauty and creativity of our loving Father.