LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Meeting MCB’S New Dancers: Samantha Galler

This season, Miami City Ballet is excited to welcome eight new dancers to the company. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be getting to know some of these new faces.

First up, new corps de ballet dancer, Samantha Galler.

Romeo and Juliet 2014

Full Name: Samantha Hope Galler

MCB: Where are you originally from?
SG: I grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts about 20 miles outside Boston.  I most recently spent five seasons dancing with Alabama Ballet under the Direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren.

MCB: Describe your perfect day.
SG: My perfect day includes sleeping in late and watching Netflix.

MCB: What is your proudest moment?
SG: One of my proudest moments was learning how to sail, which I hopefully can take up again in Miami!

Venice

MCB: What is your wildest dream?
SG:
It would be amazing to take a cruise around the world someday.  I recently took a twelve day cruise from Barcelona that ended in Venice.  It was amazing to see so many places and explore new cultures.

MCB: What is your biggest indulgence?    
SG: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

MCB: What/Who Inspires You?
SG: Argentinian ballet dancer Marianela Núñez is on the top of my list.  She is a strong and versatile artist who stands out among many at her level.  Another inspiration for me is Lynn Seymour.  Over the last couple years, I spent a good amount of time researching her career.  Her work with Sir Kenneth MacMillan in the late 50’s and 60’s really made her stand out as a dancer and an actress.  Lastly, I would put American composer Philip Glass on my list.  He is one of the most unique composers and I enjoy listening to his music before performances.

MCB: Finish this sentence, “I couldn’t live without…”
SG:  I couldn’t live with my family.  They are my support blanket and always have been.

Swan Lake 2012

MCB: Describe your most unforgettable onstage moment. 
SG:  My first time performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (TM).  What a dream come true.

MCB: Tell us about your dream role.
SG
: I would love to perform Kitri in Don Quixote.  Kitri encompasses an intensity which I would like to explore.  It is different from most other roles.  Other dream roles and ballets I would like to have the opportunity to perform are Grand Pas Classique, Kylian’s Petite Mort, The Firebird, and Tharp’s In the Upper Room.

MCB: Why did you choose to join Miami City Ballet?
SG: Miami City Ballet is a Company comprised of unique and vibrant dancers.  There is a passion for the art form that lives within every member.  I like the range of repertoire that is offered along with the chance to tour to different countries.  Given the location, the Company has the chance to perform to a number of different audience members, which is exciting for me.