Meet the team

About Us

Sam's School of Dance was established in 2004 when Samantha Hughes, at the age of 15, started teaching a few students privately in her parents' home.

 

15 years later, the school has grown significantly and moved to a new studio space in the Jack Blanchard Centre in Charlottetown.

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The school specializes in Island Step Dance, continuing the tradition of celtic step dance while also delving into new trends with modern music and styles.

Dancers ages 3+ attend classes each week and perform at two shows a year, one at Christmas and the end of the year in May. Every show has proceeds go to a local charity, organization or cause as the school aims to inspire dancers to donate their talent to help others. 

Sam's School of Dance aims to create an environment where dancers feel welcome, valued and enjoy themselves.

 

Samantha Hughes
 

Director/Owner

Sam began dancing at the age of three and from an early age fell in love with all things celtic. She is trained in step, tap, highland, clogging and jazz as well as voice, piano and fiddle.

She has been a certified dance instructor under the British Association of Teachers of Dancing for the past 12 years. 

Sam has performed and competed across the Maritimes throughout her dance career. As a dancer, her summers were spent performing at ceilidhs across Prince Edward Island, and as a regular performer at Rainbow Valley's evening shows. 

She was lead step dancer and choreographer for the College of Piping's production, Highland Storm for three years. Her most noteable performance was for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to PEI in 2014. 

Sam aims to inspire dancers to be confident, never stop improving and remember how much they love to dance.

Emma MacLaine

Betty MacKinnon

Madalyn Murdock

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