Samantha Williams aka Sammie D is the co-director of EC & one of our main choreographers, performers and producers.
She is a versatile performer, choreographer and educator ranging in techniques from Contemporary to Hip-Hop Dance.
Sammie completed her formal Dance training at QUT receiving a BFA and Diploma in Education. Informally she has been part of the hip hop dance scene for over 15years both in Brisbane and melbourne. Her practice ranges from working within theatre to commercial and community contexts. She shares a passion for working with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
Her commercial choreographic work includes film clips Balloons for Foals and Be Gone for Tara Simmons. Contemporary works for QUT’s performance seasons ‘Empty Beats for Lonely Dancers’ (2009), One Way (2010 & 2013) and Hands That Hurt (2011). Sammie has also worked as choreographer for two developments of Brown Honey Company’s hip hop musical ‘Twelve’ for Queensland Theatre Company’s Greenhouse seasons.
Sammie has performed in Force Majeure’s choreographic lab, the Expressions Education team, Dancehouse (VIC), The Place Prize (UK), the Australian Dance Festival and numerous independent seasons and commercial works. Some of her recent performance credits include ‘Hot Brown Honey Burlesque’, ‘Boiling Point’ (Phluxus 2), Slowdive (Claire Marshall), Fifteen (Liesel Zink), solo work ‘Klub Kulcha’ and Motherboards’ production of Deluge for the Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival and Sewol Memorial 2015.
As a dance educator Sammie has experience working across a wide range of age groups including working as a high school dance teacher, guest choreographer, workshop mentor and children’s classes at various private studios. Sammie was the QLD coordinator for Street Dreams a free community hip hop dance program which saw her run weekly classes across 5 locations in Brisbane and outlying suburbs and at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre.
Sammie's passion for dance is apparent throughout her practice. From her experiences in education to performance she believes in the power of dance to challenge, change, comfort and express.