Sammi Efaw, originally from Piedmont, Oklahoma, began her dance training at the age of three. She danced at Velocity Dance Center under Meghan Dunn Gordon, where she trained in a variety of dance styles, and attended local competitions and conventions.
In 2016, she moved to Wichita, KS, to study ballet under Stan Rogers and Sharon Rogers. She trained under them for two years, and was able to perform both contemporary and classical works.
In 2018, Sammi joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a trainee, where she had the opportunity to perform soloist roles in Napoli, Tarantella, Swan Lake, and Paquita, as well as many new contemporary works. In 2020 she was promoted to Oklahoma City Ballet’s second company. During her two seasons with Oklahoma City Ballet’s second company, she performed in various full length ballets including Septime Weber’s ALICE (in wonderland), Robert Mills’s The Nutcracker, Robert Mills’s The Little Mermaid, and Robert Mill’s The Firebird. She also had the opportunity to perform contemporary works in Future Voices, a choreographic showcase.
In addition to her performance career, Sammi has taught dance classes at Velocity Dance Center and Stage Door Studios. Through Balanced Body, she has also completed her mat and reformer pilates instructor training, and is continuing her education in the apparatus modules.
In 2022, Sammi took a break from dancing, and moved to the United Kingdom. While living in England for the year, she had the opportunity to travel the world, and experience new hobbies and passions. Now back in the United States, she is thrilled to be one of Azara Ballet’s founding company members, and looks forward to this upcoming season.