Qualifications: Graduate Degree in Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Majoring in Dance Performance), Unit degree, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, CUA30113 Cert III in Dance, HLTAI009.
Sammie is an independent artist based in Meanjin working as a choreographer, performer, educator and movement director. Her practice ranges from working within theatre to schools and community contexts. Sammie began her career touring children’s dance theatre works for Expressions Dance Company igniting her passion for working in arts education. Later in her career going on to deliver the community dance program Street Dreams, work as a High School dance teacher and now as a VET dance coordinator.
Alongside her educational endeavours Sammie has helped carry the torch for cultural innovation in the hip hop dance community, exploring the blurring lines of genre and style and bringing the techniques of hip hop and contemporary dance together. For the development of her hip hop dance theatre work One Way, she was privileged to be an artist in residence at Metro Arts in 2016 and was the inaugural recipient of the Mad Dance and La Boite grant in 2017 resulting in further development and presentation. Sammie paired up with Elements Collective for the creation of her kids show ‘Goldie and the 3 B-bears’ which toured Logan, North QLD and the NT.
Sammie has worked with other esteemed performing artists and choreographers such as Hot Brown Honey, Phuluxus Dance Collective, Jeremy Neideck, Liesel Zink, Joe Lau & Bridget Fiske performing at various festivals and seasons throughout Brisbane, Melbourne & Seoul. Sammie’s commercial work includes film clips for Tara Simmons & Foals, various gigs including the Australian Dance Festival, Rebel Sport & numerous others with Mad Dance House & Elements Collective.
Most recently Sammie has worked as a movement director with the Brothers Book Club and participated in community development projects with Vulcana women’s circus. Sammie’s experience also includes leading panel discussions, artist Q&A’s, various MC roles and participating as selection panellist for La Boites’ Mad Dance House Grant, Metro Arts’ Mad Dance Festival and Dancehouses’ Street Dance Commission’s.