Samantha Spriggs is an Atlanta based independent dance artist. She is the Operations Manager for DanceATL, a dance service non-profit organization that provides access to resources and programming for members of the Atlanta dance community. Her choreographic work has been presented in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Atlanta, and has been adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. She has presented research at the Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research and Dance conference, and done technical theater and sound design work for dance and theater companies. She grew up in Atlanta, training in Ballet and Modern Dance under Kelly Oakes-Dent and Amy Gately. Spriggs then relocated to Chicago where she studied dance and dancemaking at Columbia College Chicago and danced professionally with Synapse Arts, Laboratory Dancers, We Stand Sideways Dance, and several independent artists. During her time in Chicago, Spriggs taught Contemporary Dance and Creative Movement at Lou Conte Dance Studio-home to Hubbard Street Dance Company, Old Town School of Folk Music, through the Chicago Parks District and for several dance companies. She also served as movement director for several theatrical productions. Sammy came home to Atlanta in 2017, after a year in New York City, to raise her daughter in her beloved home town. Her choreography and teaching work emphasizes the intersections between performing arts and social justice. She believes that dance and arts education cultivates strength, confidence, empathy and provides the tools necessary to be a good human. Sammy is on faculty at Dance Foundry in Scottdale, GA, where she teaches Modern Technique and Creative Movement to some very talented young movers. She also teaches dance and Digital Citizenship in the Middle School at the Friends School of Atlanta, and serves as Board Chairperson for Bautanzt Here. Sammy’s Sunday Morning Release Technique class series for adults/professionals was featured in DanceATL’s inaugural issue of Promenade.
“[Spriggs] puts breath and freedom into dance’ and “allows people of every persuasion, with a love of dance, to learn with her.” – DanceATL Community Member