Sam Picart, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, began his dance training in urban street styles at the age of 15 and began ballet training at 18 under his aunt Jennifer Picart-Branner, formerly of the Frankfurt Ballet. Sam received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 and in 2016 he was the chosen winner of Ellen’s Dance Off competition and was a featured guest on the show. Sam’s training also includes the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program in NYC, Boulder Jazz Dance Festival, and the summer program at the Académie du Domaine Forget with Rubberband Dance. He has worked with notable choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Camille A Brown, Victor Quijada and Iyun Ashani Harrison. He continues to perform many solo pieces and has been featured at multiple Seattle Mariners baseball games, The Harlem Globetrotters halftime show, and has done commercial work for Microsoft.
While remaining a founding member of Iyun Harrison’s Ballet Ashani, Sam still finds time to make work of his own having choreographed for the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Cornish College of the Arts, and both Cornish Preparatory & Summer Dance Programs, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Men in Dance Festival, and Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to teaching in studios all over the PNW including Northwest School of Dance and Exit Space School of Dance, he is teaching full time for Showstopper Dance Convention based out of Myrtle Beach. This past year Sam also taught at the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer program and PNB Dance Chance program. Currently, Sam is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College while choreographing and performing internationally.