Sam Tocher

Dance Instructor

Disciplines Taught: Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Acro

Dance Education: Started dancing at the age of 3 and began as a student teacher at the age of 12. Attended Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts in Edmonton, AB where I studied Contemporary Dance, as well as the Dance IB Program which studied world dance styles, modern and contemporary, as well as dance composition. While at Victoria School I was also part of their Competitive Dance Team. I then went to the University of Calgary and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology where I took some dance courses in various disciplines. Following this I completed my Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University and became a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)) in 2011. My Athletic Therapy degree plays a very large role in my teaching style, and I believe in teaching dancers proper strength to support their flexibility and technique and to prevent long term injuries and conditions while still enjoying dance.

Why I Love Teaching: I have always been a natural leader and enjoy seeing others succeed with guidance.

How dance has changed my outlook on life: Without dance I do not think that I would be as successful in my adult life as it has taught me determination and ambition to do well. Dance also reminds me that not everything is about being perfect but about creating art and enjoying what do you as well.

Best advice you’ve ever been given or advice to share with students: Dance isn’t about who can jump the highest or who can do the most tricks in their routine – it’s about seeing the passion and emotion show without words through someone’s movements and performance on stage.

Favorite dance video on youtube or favorite choreographer: This is a very difficult question, but I think I would pick Heather Laura Gray – her choreography is always amazing but she is also an amazing teacher in the contemporary field and does such a great job inspiring you and making you feel and understand the movement as much as she does.

First Dance Performance Piece: I don’t know if I could tell you the first time I went on stage, it was when I was 3 years old – I think it was a pre-dance class called “Little Birdy”