Samara Leila Rittinger, from North Vancouver, Canada, started her training at Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts when she was eight years old and then continued her studies at Goh Ballet Academy. She left home at the age of 13 to study at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) Professional Division School for four years where she received the Evelyn Hart Scholarship three years in a row and graduated with distinction. While at RWB, she performed Shades from La Bayadère, staged by Anna Marie Holmes, for the RWB’s school showcase. Rittinger also performed with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s company in Twyla Tharp’s Princess and the Goblin, as Clara in The Nutcracker, and as a cygnet in Swan Lake. She attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer course for five years followed by ABT Summer Intensive in 2016 on full scholarship. Rittinger joined The Washington Ballet’s Trainee Program in 2016 and has since performed in TWB’s company productions including Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Les Sylphides, and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. She also performed in TWB Studio Company’s production of Aladdin, Raymonda, staged by Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev, and Crisis by TWSB faculty member and choreographer Mimmo Miccolis.
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