Samantha Grist

Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Samantha discovered her love for dance at the young age of three. This passion led her to Toronto, where she became a graduate of the Ryerson University Performance Dance Program (BFA, 2013). Specializing in Contemporary, Modern, and Floor Work techniques, Samantha continues to develop her artistry through workshops in Toronto, Montreal, and New York, as well as travelling to Vienna, Austria in 2014 for the Impulstanz International Dance Festival where she trained with dance leaders from across the globe.

Samantha has represented Team Canada in three World Dance Championships, competing in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, and Showdance. In 2009 Samantha won Canada the gold medal with her Pointe solo, earning her the title of “World Adult Ballet Champion”. Since June 2012, Samantha has been a dancer for Toronto based contemporary company Rock Bottom Movement (Artistic Director - Alyssa Martin), and has performed over 15 original works with the company. This past year Samantha also toured internationally with RBM to perform in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the Women In Dance Conference (2015), and to Brooklyn, NY for the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) Spring Festival (2016).

As a freelance artist, Samantha has had the privilege of working with companies including Dance Theatre David Earle, Young Human Body Expression, Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, The Garage Dance Collective, and Hit and Run Dance Productions, and has performed works by renowned choreographers including Hanna Kiel, Roberto Campanella, William Yong, David Earle, Susie Burpee, Julia Aplin, Jennifer Nichols, and Anisa Tejpar. Other credits include: 60x60 Dance Toronto, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Chimera Project: Fresh Blood, Anamatis Productions, Laid Bare Curations, Gearwerx, Claritin, and Virgin Mobile.

Samantha is also a passionate teacher. Her teaching highlights include RBMs Spring Workshop series, and the Ryerson Theatre School as a guest teacher in the Modern Dance department. She has also had the privilege of teaching workshops and master classes for studios, conventions, and companies across Canada. In 2016, Samantha was featured as a guest teacher in Hyra, Greece for the VIEW Dance Challenge Greece Intensive, teaching Floor Work techniques to select elite dancers from across the country. Samantha is honoured and excited to be on the Convention Tour Faculty!

Samantha will be joining the 2018 VIEW Dance Convention in Toronto

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