Born in Greenwood, Indiana, Samantha Riester started dancing at the age of four. In 2008, she began training at the Indianapolis School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Lyras. She has attended summer programs with the School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet. She joined the School of American Ballet in the fall of 2012 and graduated in 2015, training under the direction of Kay Mazzo, Susan Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Peter Martins, Darci Kistler, Jonathon Stafford and Arch Higgins. At her time at the School of American Ballet she performed in student choreographic projects, the New York Choreographic Institute, Winter Ball and lecture demonstrations. Upon her graduation, she danced in the end of year workshop in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, and the Oboe in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare.
Finding love at the ballet isn’t limited just to the dancers and artists on stage. As a case in point, Barbara and Larry Kellar, funders of Cincinnati Ballet’s Principal Artist Endowment Fund, were destined to fall in love through ballet. Sharing a passion for dance, they met on a Cincinnati Ballet trip to Russia in […]