Instructor, Adam in Chatham and Chance to Dance
Samantha Gendreau is a professional dancer from Longmeadow, MA. As an adolescent she trained in ballet, jazz, and modern under Ken and Shelly Lipitz at the New England Dance Conservatory, and became a feature dancer for their company at just 13. When Samantha was a teenager she joined the Pioneer Valley Ballet under the direction of Noble and Ruth Barker while also attending Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School as a dance major. There, she won an award for best choreography with The Catalyst Dance Company (directed by Jodi P. Falk and Jen Pollins) at just 15 years old.
Soon she began traveling the east coast attending and performing at dance festivals as well as choreographing PVPA's spring musicals, including: Guys and Dolls, The Hating Pot, Children of Eden, and Fame which she also starred in as Iris. Samantha spent her summers training with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre before graduating and heading straight into The Joffrey Ballet School at 17. Samantha eventually began her career in ballroom around the age of 24 as an advanced Pro/Am dancer. In 2013 she was a national finalist and ranked 5th in the country.
Currently Samantha is a Professional Competitive American Rhythm dancer being coached by National Rhythm Champion Ilya Reyzin and World Latin and 10-Dance Champion Diana McDonald. Sam trains in Rocky Hill, CT at The Ballroom Project and at Rodgers Dance Center in New Jersey.