Sam Gaitsch | Creative Director | Dancer | Educator | Resident Choreographer | Administrator
Sam received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Dance, with a minor in Visual Art, magna cum laude from WashU in 2015.
She has served as resident choreographer, administrator, dancer, creative director, and both youth and adult educator with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company since 2015. Sam is very proud to call herself a member of the CKDC family. Sam is also Adjunct Faculty at Saint Louis University, Faculty at the Center of the Creative Arts (COCA) and STAGES St. Louis, and a teaching artist with Springboard to Learning.
She has performed in works choreographed (or re-staged by) Christine O’Neal, David Marchant, Cecil Slaughter, Dawn Karlovsky, Jock Soto, Rodney Hamilton, Sylvia Waters and Elizabeth Roxas, Kameron Saunders, Arica Brown, Madison DeWitt, Lynn M. Bobzin, and more. She has also performed or served as assistant choreographer in drama productions directed by Andrea Urice, Jeffrey Matthews, and Henry Schvey.
Originally from Nashville, TN, her dance training background includes ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern, hip-hop, and improvisation. She was accepted to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Professional Division Summer Intensive at 16 years old. In the MFA program at WashU she strengthened her performance acumen by taking advanced acting courses under the mentorship of Andrea Urice, Bill Whitaker, and Annamaria Pileggi. Her diverse training and performance background have informed her work as a choreographer.
For more information, visit her website at http://www.samgaitsch.com/