Samantha Hope GallerPrincipal Soloist
Hometown: Bedford, Massachusetts
Samantha Hope Galler is a native of Bedford, Massachusetts. She trained for 13 years in the Cecchetti method, with The Ballet Academy, Inc., under direction of Frances Kotelly. Galler spent 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 joined Alabama Ballet from 2009-2014 under direction of Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren. Samantha was honored to perform most corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in their repertoire. Pivotal roles included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, The Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Myrtha in Giselle, Dryad Queen and Mercedes in Don Quixote, the Rancher’s Daughter in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, and Dark Angel in Serenade.
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. 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 many other prominent choreographers.
Samantha’s teaching career spans nearly 13 years in classical ballet and pointe technique ages 6-85. She has guest taught across the United States at ballet and performing arts schools including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Chicago High School for the Arts, Alabama Ballet, The Ballet Academy, Northeast School of Ballet, Kirova Ballet, International Dance Academy, Schramel Conservatory of Dance, for Boston Ballet students, Live Oak Dance and The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, and for international students via zoom.
Samantha established a Mentorship Program Series for the pre-professional division of the Miami City Ballet School back in 2018 that still continues today. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Galler deeply thanks her whole family and husband Ryan for their endless support.
Galler was promoted to the rank of principal soloist in 2022.
Roles since joining MCB
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Emeralds from Jewels
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy)
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony in Three Movements
Theme and Variations
One Line Drawn
Romeo and Juliet
Amy Hall Garner
ViVa (Digital commission in collaboration with Paul Taylor Dance Company)
Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Carousel Pas de Deux (Louise)
Nine Sinatra Songs (All the Way)
Year of the Rabbit
Swan Lake (Swan Queen, Pas de Trois)
Dances at a Gathering (Mauve)
I’m Old Fashioned (Lazy Pas de duex and On Pointe Pas de deux)
In The Night (Couple #2)
The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
West Side Story Suite
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Peasant Pas de Deux)
Romeo and Juliet, John Cranko