Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Ballet, Affiliate Professor
1603 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
SAMANTHA SHELTON received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with Anita Young (Royal Ballet) and at the Cecchetti International program in England. For the past fifteen years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive,setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. Currently, she is on faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives and in August of 2015 will become an Affiliate Professor of Ballet at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she will be choreographing, setting classical repertoire, and teaching ballet, pointe, pas de deux,and men's class. She has choreographed for the professional ballet programs at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, directed by former ABT principal, Michael Owen, Grand Valley State University, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets, including the Grand Pas from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, also principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alma College for two years and has been on the ballet faculties at Wayne State University, Rochester School of Dance, Adagio West, and the Detroit Opera House, where she was the artistic director for the Detroit Opera House’s Civic Dance Ensemble. Samantha holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant, and a B.A. in Political Science also from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For six years, she served on the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors and in May 2012 spent three weeks in Taiwan, teaching and presenting a piece of choreography for Tainan University. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Training Program and in August of 2014, co-taught the ABT NTC with Harriet Clark, at the Detroit Opera House. In 2015, she was invited by ABT National Director, Melissa Allen Bowman, to become an adjudicator for the ABT Summer Intensives National Audition Tour.