Samantha Luisa Quy
Sam Quy is a multi-award winning dance artist and the flamenco dancer on BBC1 Strictly Come Dancing.
She began dancing professionally in London’s West End, aged eleven and went on to perform internationally and over 15 years in productions at London’s Royal Opera House. Sam performed and choreographed Carmen UK tours, Leeds Castle and Moldova Royal Opera House.
Her screen work includes BBC documentary Manet, the film and 3D movie Carmen. She wrote Reading Dance in the Musical and is dance expert alongside Darcey Bussell and Akram Khan in BBC Radio 3 Sounds of Dance, with Katy Derham, and a Times Radio guest artist.
Particularly interested in the impact of dance on physical and mental health, Sam’s recent CPD in Dance for Stroke, Dance for Parkinson’s. YMCA Exercise for Older Adults and Exercise Prescription informs her pedagogy.
Scholar of Royal Academy of Dancing and London Contemporary, Sam holds MA Dance (distinction) from Laban and Specialist Arte Flamenco (distinction), Fundacion Heeren, Sevilla.
Her teaching awards include: Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Ascend Tutor of Excellence, HAFLS Excellence in Teaching and Grade 1 Outstanding from five UK Boroughs.
Sam has delivered dance projects, classes and shows to a range of clients: community and celebrity for 20 years. She has seen flamenco engage participants cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially.
Her projects have broken down barriers and bonded people of different age, ability, class, and culture while individually aiding posture, mobility, balance, mental health and physical difficulties. Sam shares flamenco as adaptable and inclusive dance form for all to enjoy.