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Samantha Minjares

Staff Info

Position: Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Dance
ADP Classes: Ballet
Training: Ballet, Tap, Zumba, Barre3


Samantha Minjares

Samantha Minjares, from Orange County, CA, trained with the Anaheim Ballet on full scholarship and joined their company in 2008. She won third place at Youth America Grand Prix SF, and went on to the finals in NYC for three years.

From 2010-2015, Samantha danced with the State Street Ballet where she performed soloist roles including the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella and Bianca in Sund's Taming of the Shrew. Her piece titled, "Pistolero" became the first-ever dancer choreographed creation to be added to the repertoire. Bell toured extensively with the company, traveling both internationally and nationally, including a recent two month tour of China.

Since 2012, Samantha has taught dance at Santa Barbara Dance Arts, Captivating Dance by Nona and is very excited to join the team at Ariel Dance Productions!

In 2014, she performed alongside Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora in their number one hit, "Black Widow" at the MTV VMA’s. Since moving to the bay area, Bell has danced with Menlowe Ballet, been a guest teacher at numerous studios and currently dances with Western Ballet, as well as freelance work. She holds a BA in History from UCSB and is a certified Zumba© and Barre3 instructor.