Samantha Penner, BFA
Samantha is an Abbotsford born dancer, instructor, and choreographer, and has been training in dance since the age of 8. Since then, she has trained in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre/stage, and hip hop. After graduating high school, Samantha was accepted into the Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts Dance Program. Samantha graduated in April 2018 and now holds a BFA with distinction with a major in Dance.
At SFU, Samantha studied contemporary and modern dance techniques, including Graham, Cunningham, and Limon, as well as an open ballet syllabus. In addition to the daily technique classes, Samantha also had the privilege of training and performing in works by Vanessa Goodman, Wen Wei Wang, Yossi & Oded Dance Theatre, Lesley Telford, and many more through the SFU dance program. Samantha has also studied improvisation, dance composition and choreography, movement analysis, and dance history.
Samantha has also been teaching dance for the last six years. She began as a devoted teacher’s assistant, and her love of teaching grew from there. Having taught students from age 2-19, both competitive and recreational, Samantha’s passion for dance shines through her students. In 2016, she had the opportunity to create a contemporary piece for the opening ceremonies of the BC Summer Games, which was performed for an audience of 8,000 spectators. Samantha believes that all dance teachers should be well educated and has also been attending the International Dance Teaching Standards courses and is currently in the process of sending in for her level 2 certificate.
Samantha teaches contemporary, lyrical, modern, ballet, jazz, as well as jazz, ballet, and contemporary technique classes. Each class, Samantha arrives with a lesson plan and age-appropriate music. She has a deep desire to immerse young dancers in the love of the arts, and she believes that being involved in the arts has a profound impact on the development of children and teenagers.
Samantha also assists in running the office at Danceworx, and while you won’t see her much during the school year, she is hard at work entering dancers in competitions, planning schedules, and much more!