Sue Samuels (Choreographer, Master Jazz Teacher, Performer, Artistic Director of Jazz Roots Dance Company) has established herself as one of the staples of the performing arts community of today. With over 40 years of experience, her expertise is often sought after for mentoring and coaching purposes by professionals and aspiring artists from around the world. Her students have included numerous stage, film and TV stars including Melba Moore, Brooke Shields, Irene Cara and Dominique Dawes.
Performance and choreographic credits include lead dancer and assistant choreographer in such shows as “The Fifth Dimension On Broadway” at the Uris Theater, “Got Tu Go Disco” at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway, “The Sylvie Vartan Show” and “The Johnny Hallyday Show” in Paris, “The Brazil Export Show” in Rio de Janeiro to name a few. Televised credits include “All My Children,” “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” “Contemporary Women,” “The Arthritis Telethon” with Melba Moore,” “Zoom,” and numerous commercials and industrials for Dr. Pepper, 7 Up, Wheat Thins, Head & Shoulders, Adidas, Glaxo, Members Only among others. Sue’s most recent performing credit was two years travelling nationally for the Schiff Vitamin Company as a “Move Free Dancer”.
Ms Samuels is the Artistic Director of Jazz Roots Dance Company, which she formed in 2009 to preserve and promote the Classic Jazz Dance style, a real American dance form. Ms Samuels recently produced the Company’s First Season and Gala at the Peridance Capezio Center and took Jazz Roots Dance on tour to L.A.
Choreography has been the cornerstone of Ms. Samuels’ artistic career and most of the Jazz Roots Dance Company repertory is choreographed by her. She has been commissioned to choreograph works for Companies in Japan, Finland and Brazil and she holds workshops for students of all levels to learn and perform her choreography.
Sue Samuels was the co-founder/owner of Jo Jo’s Dance Factory in New York City. Ms Samuels was also the director of the Jazz Department and founded the Jazz program for Children at the Ft. Lauderdale Ballet in Florida, and ran her own Children’s program in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms Samuels was commissioned to teach at New York University in the Cap 21 program with theater majors, as well as Olympic Gymnastic Instructors in Tokyo, Japan. Other teaching credits include The Broward Civic Ballet, Frank Hatchett’s Professional Childrens Program, Dance Masters Association, and The Dance Company of Haiti. She continues to travel around the world for master classes often held for teachers & Instructors. In turn, groups come to study her unique Jazz Style. She has been on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center since 1986 and also teaches at the Peridance Capezio Center.
The blending of jazz dance with her classical ballet training makes Ms Samuels’ style unique. This classic jazz style emphasizes strong and proper body alignment and clean technique. Her classes include a jazz barre warm-up, floor exercises, which she accompanies on Conga Drum, and classic jazz isolations. Her choreography is based on the dynamics of musicality using strong movements which emanate from the hips and chest, creating an overall visual picture of the music.
Ms. Samuels training began with the Broward Civic Ballet in Florida where she performed with the company for six years and became the first soloist. She also studied in New York with the distinguished Madame Swoboda of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her jazz training includes JoJo Smith and Frank Hatchett as well as tap with Judy Bassing, and voice with William Daniel Grey.