Meet Samantha, who will be joining the company as an apprentice for the 2012-2013 season. We are excited and blessed that Samantha is feeling called to move here to join the ministry. She will be coming to Chicago having just graduated from the Artist Development Program at Storling Dance Theater.

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in the Chicago area?

I grew up in Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania.  I’m excited to be moving to Chicago this August.

When did you start dancing? What has kept you going to get where you are now?

I started dancing when I was seven years old.  I stopped dancing for a year in college but God has given me such a strong passion for dance that I couldn’t stay away.  I love the challenge and determination it takes to dance and the beauty of the movement.

What part of the ministry of Ballet 5:8 you are most passionate/excited about?

I’m excited to combine both dance and my beliefs to reach and inspire a broken world.  I’m also excited to be a part of a community that is striving to be closer to God.