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Performer Educator Mentor
Presently: Miami City Ballet Soloist
Samantha Hope Galler is a native of Bedford, Massachusetts. She trained for 13 years in the Cecchetti method, with The Ballet Academy, Inc., under direction of Frances Kotelly. Galler spent her 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 training during the summer at the Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory.
Following graduating from the Boston Ballet School in 2008, Galler joined Cincinnati Ballet under the direction of Victoria Morgan.
She went on to join Alabama Ballet from 2009-2014 under direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren. Samantha was honored to perform most of the corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in their repertoire. Pivotal roles included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, The Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Myrtha in Giselle, Dryad Queen and Mercedes in Don Quixote, the Rancher’s Daughter in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, Dark Angel in Serenade, The Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Tarantella. Galler took part in two world premieres; Van Fleteren’s Shostakovich and originated in Romancing Rachmaninoff.
In 2014, Galler joined Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to Soloist in February 2018.
In addition to dancing professionally, she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Samantha established a Mentorship Program Series for the pre-professional division of the Miami City Ballet School from 2018-2020. In the off-season, Galler enjoys coaching and mentoring ballet students across the country. She thanks her whole family and husband Ryan for their endless support.