Owner / Instructor
Born in Chicago, Samantha started dancing at age 5. She trained in jazz, ballet, and tap before progressing to DanceSport. Samantha trained with world-renowned instructors, including Anna Mikhed, Arturas Narbutas, Bill Sparks, Beata Onefater, Max Kozhevnikov, and Yulia Zaguruychenko.
She quickly became an accomplished competitor in both International Latin and Standard. Some of her many titles include Ohio Star Ball Junior Champion 2004, US Worlds Open Youth Champion 2005, USA National Ten Dance Youth Champion 2005, Windy City Open Amateur Champion 2007, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sport Festival Latin Rising Star Youth Champion 2007.
In 2009, Samantha moved to Los Angeles to join the critically-acclaimed dance production, Ballroom With a Twist, choreographed by Louis Van Amstel from Dancing With the Stars. She was featured on Dancing With the Stars as a guest performer with Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Samantha was a finalist on Fox’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance. She also appeared on the television show Bones as a ballroom dancer. After touring for 2 years, Samantha finally settled in Los Angeles to open Beverly Hills Ballroom Dance Studio and share her love of ballroom culture with the L.A. community.
As a Beverly Hills Ballroom Dance Studio co-owner, Samantha brings compassion and inspiration to her students. She shares her passion with all age groups and levels. She understands the differences when teaching children or adults, amateurs or professionals. She uniquely focuses on each dancer’s strengths and addresses their individual needs. Samantha promotes confidence, fitness, and fun through dancing, the “seed of the soul.” Having grown up in a Russian immigrant family, Samantha credits her ability to teach children using the “Russian School” of training—discipline, dedication, and passion. Her students have achieved champion status, including USA National Champions.
Samantha is always there for her students and their families, creating a warm and loving atmosphere at Beverly Hills Ballroom Dance Studio.