Samantha Jay, a New Jersey native, began her dance training at an early age. She performed in the Nutcracker with Ballet for Young Audiences and later was a featured soloist with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, she began assisting tap dancer, Nick DiNicolangelo, at Adrenaline Dance Convention. In 2008, Sam was the recipient of the Harlequin Dance Scholarship and she went on to receive her BA in Sociology from Quinnipiac University. While at Quinnipiac, Sam was a 4-year member of the Dance Company as well as President and choreographer. In her senior year, she was voted MVP of the team and her choreography was selected for the Undertoe Dance Festival in New York City. After graduation, Sam joined the Hands Down Tap Project and she was featured in their first three shows. Her students have performed in the Radio City Christmas Show, Billy Elliot National Tour, and Matilda. Her choreography has won awards on both a regional and national level. Sam was interviewed as a “Leading Lady” for IWantHerJob.com. She is the founder and director of Mind Body Sole Tap Intensive and continues to choreograph, teach, and adjudicate across the U.S.