A Little About Me...
Samantha Buckwalter began dancing at the age of 10 under the guidance of her mother Kelly Buckwalter Casanova. Her competitive dance career began in 2001. Since then, she has earned her points up from the Junior, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Division to her current position competing in the AllStar/Champion Divisions around the world. Samantha was fortunate to study under the SwingDaddy himself, Mario Robau Jr., where she assisted him in workshops and intensives both in the US and abroad. During 2009-2010 Samantha moved to London and taught weekly classes, workshops, and events all over the UK in an effort to help the Swing community grow. Since 2008, Samantha has been traveling all over the world competing, coaching, and teaching West Coast Swing. Some of the many countries she has visited include: England, Scotland, Austria, Russia, Spain, Italy, and Australia.
Competitive credentials include:
2010 Swing Dance Hall of Fame Nominee
2010 America's Classic Slow Whip Champion
2009 America's Classic Top Teacher
2009 1st woman to make finals as a leader in the Champions Division of a NASDE event
2007 Grand Nationals' Champion
2007 Capital Swing Strictly Champion
2006 First NASDE Jack & Jill Champion
2004 Capital Swing Young Adult Champion
2 Time California State Dance Champion
4 Time All Star Jack and Jill Champion
1st ever US Open Junior Strictly Champion
Jack & Annie Scholarship Recipient