Luis Antonio (Teaching Artist, Dancer) is a original dancer of Elm City Dance Collective, performing since 2008. Luis graduated from the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT in 2005, where he studied dance under Susan Matheke and studied ballet at New Haven Ballet under Noble Barker. Luis wrote, choreographed, and produced “Escapade: An Unusual Experience,” which premiered in October 2015 at Lyric Hall Theater in New Haven. Luis has performed with Nazorine Paglia (New Haven, CT); Full Force Dance Theater (Hartford, CT); and Salix Productions (Hartford, CT). Luis is a teacher and choreographer at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, CT; New England Ballet School in Orange, CT; and Cross Drama at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT. Luis is excited to be dancing with stunningly talented dancers and is thankful for the opportunity to be able to do what he loves.
Samantha (Sam), a dancer from North Carolina, has been with ECDC since June of 2014, right as the creative process for IYKYT was beginning. Although you won't see her physical self inside of the piece (due to maternity leave) know that many of her "isims" live inside of the work with her spirit embedded in its blueprint.
Sam attended Purchase College, SUNY, as a student of their dance conservatory program and completed her BA in Dance at Appalachian State University in 2011. She co-founded the non-profit, NC based, dance company Defero Dance Collective back in 2009 and still works with them from afar. Sam also works for Aldrich Pilates as a Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor. She will be moving back home to NC this June; a bittersweet return.