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Samantha Hope Galler


Hometown: Bedford, Massachusetts

Samantha Hope Galler is a native of Bedford, Massachusetts and began training at age five in the Cecchetti method under the direction of Frances Kotelly at The Ballet Academy, Inc. In 2004, she joined the Boston Ballet School and received the PAO Merit Scholarship. Summer and winters were spent training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; Marcia Dale Weary, the Northeast School of Ballet; Denise Cecere, the Boston Conservatory, and with Nancy Bielski thus exposing her to various ballet methods at a very young age.

In 2008, she joined Cincinnati Ballet and received the Anthony Albano and K. Ann Choe–Albano Fellowship award; A.D. Victoria Morgan. She joined Alabama Ballet, 2009-2014, and rose from apprentice to principal dancer under direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren. Pivotal roles at Alabama Ballet include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan/Fleteren), Odette and Odile in Swan Lake (Petipa/Ivanov), Mercedes and Dryad Queen in Don Quixote, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha in Giselle (Petipa), the Sylph in La Sylphide (Bournonville), the Rancher’s Daughter in Rodeo (Agnes de Mille), Dark Angel in Serenade, and the Principal in Allegro Brillante (Balanchine). In May of 2014, Galler joined Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet.

In February 2018, she was promoted to soloist, to principal soloist in February 2022, and to principal dancer in October 2023 on a special evening where she performed as the Russian Girl in Serenade (Balanchine) the Ballet Woman in In the Upper Room (Tharp), and in Sea Change (Roberts). Galler’s teaching spans 15 years in classical ballet and pointe technique. In 2018, she established a Mentorship Program Series for the pre-professional division of the Miami City Ballet School which completed its fifth season. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and is currently obtaining a Master of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Boston’s Northeastern University. Galler deeply thanks her entire family and husband, Ryan, for their invaluable support.


Roles since joining MCB

Richard Alston

Ricardo Amarante
Delight (Principal)

Margarita Armas

George Balanchine
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
Allegro Brillante
Bourrée Fantasque
Concerto Barocco
Divertimento No. 15 (Trumpet Solo)
“Diamonds” from Jewels
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy)
“Emeralds” from Jewels (Principal)
La Source
La Valse
Piano Concerto No. 2
Raymonda Variations (Harp Solo)
“Rubies” from Jewels
Serenade (Russian Girl)
Swan Lake, Act II (Pas de Neuf)
Symphony in Three Movements
Theme and Variations
Walpurgisnacht Ballet

Brian Brooks
One Line Drawn

John Cranko
Romeo and Juliet 

Amy Hall Garner
Resplendent Fantasy
ViVa (Digital commission in collaboration with Paul Taylor American Dance Company)

Alonzo King
Following the Subtle Current Upstream 

José Limón
Moor’s Pavane (Emilia)

Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Carousel Pas de Deux (Louise)

Justin Peck
Year of the Rabbit

Alexei Ratmansky
Concerto DSCH
Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Trois)
Symphonic Dances

Jerome Robbins
Antique Epigraphs (First Principal)
Dances at a Gathering (Mauve)
Glass Pieces
I’m Old Fashioned (Lazy and On Pointe Pas de deux)
In The Night (First Duet)
The Cage
The Concert; Or, The Perils of Everybody
West Side Story Suite

Jamar Roberts
Sea Change

Ariel Rose

Liam Scarlett

Paul Taylor
Company B
Mercuric Tidings

Twyla Tharp
In the Upper Room (Ballet Woman)
Nine Sinatra Songs (All the Way)
Sweet Fields

Durante Verzola

Classical Repertoire
Giselle, Coralli/ Perrot (Peasant Pas de deux)

Originated featured and soloist roles
Verzola’s Sentimento and PAGANINI, In Play
Robert’s Sea Change
Garner’s ViVa
Rose’s România