Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Samantha received her preliminary training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to graduate from UNCSA’s high school program. While she was there she danced in various performances including The Nutcracker as Snow Queen, Paquita and George Balanchine’s La Source. Samantha spent summers training at The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Dance Institution. She then continued her training with Charlotte Ballet’s second company performing in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Western Symphony, Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove, David Ingram’s Piso Sto Miden and the lead in Balanchine’s Raymonda. Griffin was promoted to Corps de Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.