Samantha Salters holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance alongside a Certificate in Ethnic (Africana) Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Upon attending UCB, Samantha was selected for the Gail Pokoik Scholarship, which is awarded to a single graduate student each year based on their talent and commitment to the arts.
Prior to attending graduate school, Samantha earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Kent State University. She was granted the Dance Faculty Creative Achievement Award for her choreography.
Her appreciation for the preservation of African culture through dance led her to Ghana, West Africa, California, Pennsylvania, and New York for research under sponsorship. Samantha’s knowledge of traditional West African dance technique has also nurtured her understanding and expression of Contemporary West African, Afro-Cuban, Afro-modern, Hip-hop, House, and Liturgical dance forms.
The blossoming of her artistic career in the Washington, DC area has led to many teaching and performance opportunities at Davidson College, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason University, Joy of Motion Dance Center and Dance Place. She is currently affiliated with artists such as, Sylvia Soumah, Gesel Mason, and Rennie Harris.