Sam Shapiro, from Winston-Salem, NC, 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, 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. He currently teaches dance at Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts.