Samantha Blake Goodman is an interdisciplinary choreographer native to Los Angeles. Combining movement, sound and video, her layered process references the body as a place of sensory experience. She is interested in the colliding worlds of memory and fragmentation.
Over the past decade, Samantha has extensively researched both contemporary and traditional Afro-Brazilian dance abroad in Salvador, Brazil. She has developed a unique movement style exploring the intersections of post-modern release based movement with energetic qualities and uses of the spine and hips fundamental to Afro Diasporic dance. Her experiences in Brazil, coupled with her immersive approach, lead to the creation of her contemporary dance method: Attuned Movement, and choreographic laboratory: Fragmented-Fused-Nuanced, both designed to cultivate individual artistic expression within the collective setting.
Samantha is also one of a select group of internationally certified teachers of the Silvestre Technique, a Brazilian Modern dance approach. Alongside her mentors Vera Passos and Rosangela Silvestre, she has been instrumental in bringing the technique to the Los Angeles dance community. Her passion for teaching has lead her through out the United States, Brazil and Puerto Rico, where she has performed and led master workshops in various styles. She toured nationally as a member of the Viver Brasil Dance Company.
Her work has been shown at the 10th Anniversary of REDCAT's New Original Works Festival, Pieter Performance, Electric Lodge, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, and the Fowler Museum. She has danced in works by Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Laurel Tentindo, Jilian Stein, David Rousseve, Michel Kouakou, and Teresa Fabião, and was honored to perform in Trisha Brown's historical piece, "Floor of the Forest" at the Hammer Museum.
Samantha holds an M.F.A. of Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/ Dance, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She also studied dance and choreography at the Escola de Dança da FUNCEB in Salvador, Bahia Brazil.