Samantha Riester started her training at the Indianapolis School of Ballet in Indianapolis, Indiana. She then attended the School of American Ballet (SAB) from 2012-2015. In her graduation performance from SAB, she danced roles in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie and as the “Oboe” in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare. Upon graduation, Samantha was offered a second company position with the Cincinnati Ballet. She danced in lead roles with the second company such as “Odette” in Suzette Webb’s Swan Lake Jr., “Beauty” in Ballet West’s production of Beauty and the Beast, “Juliet” in excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, and participated in numerous lecture demonstrations and outreach programs for the Cincinnati community. Samantha was given opportunities to dance for the main company in works such as Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Nicole Fonte’s Carmina Burana, Garrett Smith’s Facades, Kirk Peterson’s Coppelia, and in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade.
Samantha is now a corps de ballet dancer with the Cincinnati ballet and has danced soloist roles in Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze, “Curly Cue” in Septime Weber’s Wizard of Oz, Ma Chong’s Near Light, “Beauty Fairy” in Devon Carney’s Sleeping Beauty, “Pas de Trois” in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, and in Andrea Schermoly’s Swivet. She has also danced other roles in various productions by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, works by Myles Thatcher, Jennifer Archibald, Stephanie Martinez, and Adam Hougland, and originated roles in pieces for company members Taylor Carrasco and David Morse. Samantha has enjoyed dancing with outside organizations such as the Cincinnati Opera for their 100thanniversary celebration and guesting for her home studio in Indiana where she performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds and Concerto Barocco.