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Hochstein Dance Faculty - Samantha Watson

Department: Dance - Ballet

Hochstein Faculty in: 2020 - 2021

Samantha Watson has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She studied at the Brattleboro School of Dance for 13 years, training under Kathleen Keller, Mucuy Bolles, and Robert Royce among others. She has attended various summer programs including The Rock School for Dance Education, Next Generation Ballet, José Mateo Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in May 2019 where she received her BFA in Dance Pedagogy and a minor in English.

Performing is Watson’s passion and she has danced in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Serenade, Valse Fantaisie, and Symphony in C. She has performed as a professional artist in various productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Ballet Hartford’s Handel: Messiah. Watson was a company apprentice with the New York State Ballet for the 2019-2020 season, and is returning as a full company member for the 2020-2021 season. She is thrilled to be furthering her love for teaching and working with young dancers at The Hochstein School this year!


More About Sam Watson

Hometown: Walpole, New Hampshire 

What inspires me: Lots of things inspire me in the dance world. Other dancers inspire me daily, including my fellow dancers from the New York State Ballet, and ballerinas such as Marianela Núñez. I am also constantly inspired by hard working young dancers!

Why the arts matter: The arts matter because they provide an environment in which people can find a strong community, gain important life skills, and learn to express themselves in new and different ways. 

Favorite things to do in Rochester area: I love walking or running along the canal.

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: On the couch with a good book!

Favorite place(s) to travel: I love getting to know new and different places. I love anywhere that is near the beach! My dream places to travel are Greece and Thailand. 

What people would be surprised to know about me: I love reading and writing. Some of my favorite books I have read almost 20 times!