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Samantha Hope Galler

Principal Dancer
Miami City Ballet

Ballet Background

Hello and thank you for visiting my portfolio. 

I am a native of Bedford, Massachusetts and began my ballet training at The Ballet Academy, Inc, under direction of Frances Kotelly where I extensively studied the Cecchetti Method. From 2004-2008, my studies continued year-round with the Boston Ballet School where I was awarded the PAO Merit Scholarship in my Trainee year. My summers were spent with the Boston Ballet school, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under Marcia Dale Weary, the Northeast School of Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory.  My 2008 season was spent with Cincinnati Ballet as an Anthony Albano and K. Ann Choe–Albano Fellow under direction of Victoria Morgan.  I then went on to join Alabama Ballet, 2009-2014, where I rose to the rank of principal dancer. Under direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren, I was privileged to perform most corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles in the Alabama Ballet repertoire.


In 2014, I joined the Miami City Ballet, under direction of Lourdes Lopez, as a corps de ballet member.  In February 2018, I had the great honor of being promoted, onstage, to Soloist following my performance in Jerome Robbins 'In the Night.'  In January 2022, during a Swan Lake rehearsal, I was promoted to the rank of principal soloist. In October 2023, I was promoted to Principal dancer with Miami City Ballet following my performance as the Russian Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade.  


Since joining MCB, I have performed corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in a wide range of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck, Amy Hall Garner, and Twyla Tharp ballets.  A most recent highlight was performing as the Swan Queen in Alexei Ratmansky’s North American premiere of Swan Lake.

In 2018, I founded the Miami City Ballet School Mentorship Program.  This program is offered to the highest division of the school and provides students guidance as they pursue a career in dance. During my time off, I am a guest faculty member at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Boston Ballet School.  Over the years I have had the opportunity to guest teach across the United States at prominent dance schools including Ballet Rhode Island, the Chicago High School for the Arts, Miami City Ballet School, Northeast School of Ballet, and throughout South Florida. 

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Please inquire below about guest performances or in person master classes or private ballet lessons online.

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