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Performer Educator Mentor
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 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 and to 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, and Alexei Ratmansky ballets among others. Major milestones include: Swan Queen in Alexei Ratmansky's North American premiere of Swan Lake, The Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Carousel, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphonic Dances, Emeralds in Jewels, I’m Old Fashioned, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Allegro Brillante, Serenade including the Russian Girl, Mercuric Tidings, and Viva; digital collaboration beside the Paul Taylor American Dance Company, and Raymonda Variations.
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, 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 continues year-round.