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Sam began dancing in 1990, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a choreographer, Sam has shown his work in San Francisco, Berkeley, New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. As a performer, Sam has danced with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, touring the world with this company. He has also performed with The Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, touring with her company to Buenos Aires, Argentina and to Switzerland, performing in the TANZINOLTEN International Dance Festival, and at the Aula Rämibühl Theatre in Zurich.

During his residency at UCSD, he has created a body of work, including the site specific dance theatre piece “Erhaben” in 2012, “ Ex Machina” in collaboration with playwright David Jacobi for The Wagner Play Festival in 2013, “Huerta 13” for The New Directions Concert in 2013, “Hedda’ing” in collaboration with the Oslo, Norway based choreographers/dancers Siri Jøntvedt and Snelle Hall for the 2013 Inaugural Without Walls Festival, and “Dee(a)r Spine” for Gradworks, UCSD, 2014 and for PRDC Salon Dances in Encinitas, 2014. Sam recently garnered a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant for his project “”

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