“Samantha and Brian Lawton take center stage…with impressive steps and tricks requiring a level of trust only a husband-and-wife team could maintain.”

“…sharp, fast, and flawlessly synchronized.”

- Long Island Advance , DC Metro Theater Arts. (2017) 

 

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DANCE PARTNERS

Samantha and Brian's partnered dance knowledge is vast: spanning Ballroom, Latin, and their speciality, Lindy Hop/Swing, and the Jazz Era Vintage Dances. The pair have brought their expertise to performance, instruction, and musical theater.

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CHOREOGRAPHERS / DIRECTORS

Balancing power and grace, Samantha and Brian create duet material infused with swing and inspiration from the likes of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Samantha and Brian direct for Norwegian Cruise Line, choreograph and direct musical theater, and have worked in pre-production for Broadway. 

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INSTRUCTORS

Home-based in New York City, Samantha and Brian teach private and group lessons, as well as first dances. This duo has traveled the world from the U.S. to London to India instructing in their favorite styles: Vernacular Jazz, Charleston, and the Lindy Hop.

Looking to the past, moving into the future.

 

Samantha and Brian Lawton are life and dance partners trained in a multitude of dance styles, growing up studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and theatre, and into their professional career studying the social, partnered dance forms. The two are alumni of New York University, Samantha from Tisch School of the Arts/Dance and Brian from Steinhardt, where they met and began their dance partnership. Since then they have become specialists in Lindy Hop/Swing and the Vintage Jazz Dances (Charleston, 1920's Animal Dances, Peabody, Shag) with a wide knowledge of the ballroom dances (Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha Cha, Hustle, American Tango). They thrive for opportunities to combine their vast knowledge and training in many different dance forms to create and perform new and engaging work.

 

As dance partners, a collection of Samantha and Brian’s performance credits include venues such as Gateway Playhouse, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Dance Festival, Madison Square Garden (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, The Whitney Museum (Samantha), The Delacorte Theatre for New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park (Brian), and Norwegian Cruise Line. You can see the pair in the Red Hot Chili Pepper's music video "Go Robot".

As directors and choreographers, Samantha and Brian direct all production cast entertainment for the Norwegian Gem, and Brian has Choreographer and Assistant/Associate Director credits for the musicals Part of the Plan, and A Charlie Brown Christmas National Tour. The pair have also worked in pre-production for Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand (Broadway, Papermill).

As instructors, Samantha and Brian have taught in London at Camp Savoy, in India at the World Dance Festival in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and teach group and private lessons around the US and their hometown of New York City. 

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Samantha Lawton hails from the Bay Area of California where she performed musical theater and trained at a dance competition studio in jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and tumbling. She continued on to train in modern and ballet at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts' Dance Department and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Austria). She was a Vegas Finalist for Season 5 for So You Think You Can Dance, in Jazz/Contemporary. She hit the ground running in full force when she met Brian and he introduced her to Lindy Hop, and opened up a whole new world! Samantha's special skills include fancy rollerskating, aerial harness, bungee dance, and acrobatics. 

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Brian Lawton trained at Pennsylvania School of the Arts in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and theater. Attending New York University, he was President of the NYU Swing Dance Society and the Ballroom Latin Team. He shares the same mentors in Lindy Hop as Samantha, including Laura Jeffers (Big Apple Lindy Hoppers), Michael Jagger and Evita Arce (Syncopated City Dance Company), and Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas. Brian is also well-versed in both the competitive and social styles of Latin and Ballroom dancing as an instructor and award-winning competitor. Brian is a stringed-instrument enthusiast, with his favorite instrument to play being the ukulele. He's also got mean cane game. 

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