Sam Shapiro hails from Winston-Salem, NC. He began his ballet training at Wake Forest University under the direction of his mother, Brantly Shapiro.
At age 11, he entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with the entire faculty including Duncan Noble, Nina Danilova and Gyula Pandi. At age 17 he joined The Royal Ballet’s Upper School where he danced for three years, graduating with commendation.
Sam danced in the Royal Ballet’s productions of Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Firebird, La Valse and Manon. He spent two years in Boston Ballet II and performed with Boston Ballet in many ballets such as Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. After Boston he spent two years with The North Carolina Dance Theater performing classical and contemporary repertoire.
Favorite roles included Dwight Rhoden’s Broken Fantasies and Mark Godden’s Dracula. The next year was spent touring, performing freelance with Tulsa Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet and Ballet National de Panamá. He joined The Royal New Zealand Ballet for the 2011-2012 season, and is currently performing as a freelance artist.