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Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake
Swan Queen Debut North American Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake -
Juliet in Petipa's Romeo and Juliet
Photo by Melissa Dooley
Performer Educator Mentor
Samantha Hope Galler
Samantha Hope Galler is a Principal Soloist with the Miami City Ballet. She is a native of Bedford, Massachusetts and trained for 13 years in the Cecchetti method, with The Ballet Academy, Inc., under direction of Frances Kotelly. Galler spent six winters performing with The Northeast Youth Ballet under direction of Denise Cecere. She completed her studies on scholarship with the Boston Ballet School and received the PAO Merit Scholarship during her Trainee year. Galler received additional summer training at the Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory.
Following her 2008 graduation from the Boston Ballet School, Galler joined Cincinnati Ballet under direction of Victoria Morgan as an Anthony Albano and K. Ann Choe–Albano Fellow.
She went on to join Alabama Ballet from 2009-2014 under direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren and performed corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in their classical and neoclassical repertoire.
In 2014, Galler joined Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in February 2018.
She was Principal Soloist in January 2022 by Lourdes Lopez.
She has been privileged to perform corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in a wide range of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, and Justin Peck ballets among others. Major career highlights include: the Swan Queen in Alexei Ratmansky's North American premiere of Swan Lake, The Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Russian Girl in Serenade at the Jacob's Pillow 90th Anniversary Dance Festival, Emeralds Principal in Jewels, The Moor's Pavane, Dances at a Gathering, MacMillian's Carousel, and two world premieres by choreographer Amy Hall Garner.
Samantha’s teaching career spans nearly 15 years in classical ballet technique and pointe work ages 6-85. She has guest taught across the United States at ballet and performing arts schools including the Miami City Ballet School, Festival Ballet Providence, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Chicago High School for the Arts, Alabama Ballet, the Northeast School of Ballet, Kirova Ballet, International Dance Academy, Schramel Conservatory of Dance, for Boston Ballet students, Live Oak Dance, Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, and for international students via zoom.
In 2018, Samantha developed a Mentorship Program Series for the Pre-Professional Division of the Miami City Ballet School that is offered monthly. The Program, provides advice and guidance to help the next generation navigate their career in dance.
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