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About

Samantha Luisa Quy (Sam) is a multi-award winning dancer, tutor and choreographer. She is the flamenco dancer on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and has performed for over a decade in productions at the Royal Opera House, London. Her screen credits include Manet: the Man who Invented Modern Art, Carmen film and 3D movie. Highlights of her choreographic career include Carmen at Leeds Castle, UK tours and Royal Opera House, Moldova. Sam is guest artist on Katy Derham's Radio3 Sounds of Dance and Times Radio.

Sam trained in Flamenco at La Fundacion Cristina Heeren, Sevilla, where she went on to perform internationally. She performed choreographies at Teatro Sol Sevilla, choreographed by Juana Amaya, Javier Baron, Rafael Campallo, Carmen Ledezma, Hiniesta Cortes and Milagros Menjibar. In Portugal she performed with Suite Espanola de Madrid, with Constandina in Greece, at the DeVinci Theatre, France and Carmen at Royal Opera House in Moldova.

At London’s Royal Opera House Sam performed in the world class productions of Carmen, La Traviata, Macbeth, Fidelio, Wagner's Ring Cycle: Gotterdamerung, Die Walkure and Reingold and Carmen at Royal Albert Hall. Sam has performed choreographies by Arthur Pitta, Michael Keegan Dolan, Jane Dudley, Eva La Yerbabuena, Gillian Gregory and under the direction of Francesca Zambello, Mickey Dolenz, Richard Ayre, Ernest Maxim, with Conductors Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle and Daniele Rustioni.

Sam's awards in dance include:

LDL Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts, Sadler’s Wells

Breaking Barriers Trophy, awarded by The London Asian Progressive Forum

The Ballet Hoo Trophy for Best All-around Dancer, awarded by Robert Harold

Ignition Choreographers Platform Duo Award, presented by Judith Mackerel, by DanceWest

World Record Breaker Dancer in Big Dance Trafalgar Square, Guinness Book of Records

Dance Artist in Residence, awarded by Momentum

Her dance teaching awards include:

Tutor of Excellence, awarded by ASCEND

Excellence in Teaching, awarded by HAFLS

Awarded Grade 1 Outstanding Teaching and Learning Observations in London Boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Bucks County and Hertfordshire

Sam holds MA Dance (distinction), Post Graduate Cert in Education (PGCE) and Dip.Arte Flamenco Avancado and Especialisacion (distinction), Sevilla.

Her scholarships include: Fundación Cristina Heeren Sevilla, Arts Educational Schools, Laban, London Contemporary, Royal Academy of Dance, and Central YMCAfit

Sam teaches flamenco dance classes in and around London. She believes strongly in the benefits of dance and shares flamenco as an adaptable and inclusive dance form for all to enjoy. Sam also collaborates with London's top flamenco musicians on performances across the UK.

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