Sam Gaitsch is an MFA candidate in Dance at Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Psychology, with a minor in Visual Art in from Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude in May of 2015. She began dancing at the age of six in her hometown of Nashville, TN. She was painfully shy as a child but learned to come out of her shell by training and performing in various dance techniques with the Bellevue Dance Center. She continued her education with the Ensworth High School Dance program under the instruction of Sarah and Tom Shoemaker, Emily Crampton, Jennifer McNamara, and Erin Law. During her high-school years she attended the Vanderbilt University Summer Dance Intensive each summer. In June of 2010 she was selected to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Professional Division Summer Intensive, where she trained in ballet, Horton, Fosse Jazz, Graham, and Caribbean dance techniques. During her four years at Washington University in St. Louis, she was selected to perform in various works by resident choreographers Christine O’Neal and David Marchant and also by guest artists Jock Soto of NYC Ballet, Sylvia Waters and Elizabeth Roxas of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Rodney Hamilton of Ballet Hispanico, and Kameron Saunders: in Washington University Dance Theater, 2011-2014. Sam is a teaching artist with Springboard to Learning, COCA and teaches at Consuming Kinetics Dance Company. Sam is currently one of three MFA Candidates in Dance at Washington University in St. Louis, Class of 2018. She will begin working as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University in the spring. She looks forward to her final thesis performance on March 24th, 2018 in Edison Theatre.

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