Sam Burkett is a UK based dancer and choreographer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, they trained extensively in musical theatre before moving to Scotland to pursue a degree in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Following their degree, Sam received the international student bursary to train with the Jasmin Vardimon Company as a member of JV2.

Sam has performed in works across the UK, US, Belgium and Australia by a variety of choreographers including Jasmin Vardimon, Anna Kenrick, and Teresa Chapman. Their choreography has been shown in both the UK and US. Their solo work, Crop Tops Make Me Feel Vulnerable, won the Best of Anything Goes Award at the 2018 Houston Fringe Festival. As an educator, Sam has delivered classes and workshops for children and young people, professional dancers, and people with learning disabilities.

Sam’s work has been supported by Arts Council England, Scottish Ballet, Dance Base, Yorkshire Dance, Dance Studio Leeds, and Leeds City Council.

Performance Experience

Horses/Courses Hannes Langolf

Stop Copying Me Teresa Chapman

(In between) Jasmin Vardimon

You Are You Yungkyung Song

Blazing Dust André Rebelo

Maelstrom Anna Kenrick

Parts Jürg Koch

mUTE Errol White and Davina Givan

Stuck in My Throat Anna Kenrick

Teaching Experience

ProDanceLeeds (Leeds, UK)

Dance Base National Centre for Dance (Edinburgh, UK)

Edinburgh University Modern Dance Society (Edinburgh, UK) 

National Youth Dance Company of Scotland 

University of Houston - School of Theatre and Dance (Houston, USA)

The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (Houston, USA)

METdance (Houston, USA)

Hunter Dance Center (Houston, USA)


Best of Anything Goes award, 2018 Houston Fringe Festival for Crop Tops Make Me Feel Vulnerable

Commissioned Works

You Think You’re Really Pretty, MET Too Youth Company, 2018


ProDanceLeeds Graduate Artist Scheme

Leeds, UK — 2019

Teaching professional class for ProDanceLeeds while receiving mentorship from Gianluca Vincentini (Möbius Dance, Iceland Dance Company).


Ashford, UK — 2017-2018

The postgraduate apprentice company of the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Received the JV2 International Student Bursary.



Ashford, UK — 2016

10 weeks of intensive training in the repertoire and methodology of the Jasmin Vardimon Company.


Anserinae Choreographic Mentorship Scheme

Glasgow, UK —  2016

Mentored by Kerry Nicholls, delivered by Scottish Ballet

One of five choreographers from across Scotland selected to participate in the first year of the mentorship scheme.


National Youth Dance Company of Scotland


The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland is the premiere contemporary dance company in Scotland for dancers aged 16 -21.

Previous performances include:

  • Apex Rising, Sadler’s Wells, London

  • Cultuurcentrum Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Danspunt Invites, Kortrijk, Belgium

  • 10,000 Miles Festival, Canberra Australia


Project Y Performance Course

Glasgow, UK —  2015

Project Y is a four-week intensive dance training programme including a multi-city tour across Scotland for contemporary dancers aged 16-21.


Hothouse Choreographic Mentorship Scheme

Glasgow, UK —  2015

Hothouse is a project between YDance and Scottish Ballet for aspiring young choreographers aged 14 to 20.

My piece, brisÉ, was selected to be performed as a part of DanceFest at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.


Leila McMillan

Hannes Langolf

Raymi Rene (Chaskis Theatre)

Geoffrey Colman (Central School of Speech and Drama)

Helder Seabra (HelKa VZW)

German Jauregui (Ultima Vez)

Eleanor Bauer (Good Move VZW)

Tomislav English (Ferus Animi/Terra Nova)

Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek (Fighting Monkey/RootlessRoot)