OBC 2022 INSTRUCTOR
Samantha Diaz was born in Lima, Peru and came to New York City 15 years ago to perform her unique style of world dance and establish her company DANCE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT.
Her style of performance fuses different world styles of dance such as Bellydance, Samba, Flamenco, Bollywood, Latin Ballroom, Cabaret, Hip-Hop, Snake Charming, Peruvian Traditional dance and Contemporary.
Diaz has performed at famed venues and networks such as Apollo Theater, Bollywood Music Awards, United Nations, Radio City Music Hall, NBC, CW11, MTV, Vice and TLC.. She was also the first ever bellydance choreographer to appear and teach contestants on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE in Ukraine.
Samantha is a certified Broadway Dance Center teacher and she trains and teaches workshops, Worldwide. Most notably, she toured China as Master Teacher and Director of competition for ‘BellyDance China’
In December 2018, Diaz had a tragic experience at one of her shows while trying to refuel a fire prop, the bottle exploded and on her attempt to control the flames she burned 40% of her body. Changing her life completely and leading her to the healing journey and transformation to overcome difficulties and pain.
Dance has always been her passion and now with this new vessel, she takes her power back, giving more meaning to dancing and tuning into our spirit, through self-love, self-care and self-awareness by creating a sacred movement experience, which will help you connect to your Dance Soul.
Testimonial: Samantha Diaz is an international superstar that has been credited for elevating the artistry of world fusion oriental dance. Her artistry has opened opportunities across international waters, allowing her to travel the world and collaborate with some of the greatest names in the business!
Samantha is famous for showing the world that you cannot put Raqs Sharki in a box. Come train with an artist that is sure to inspire you to find your own voice within this dance. -Kelvia from Middle Eastern Academy CT