We asked Sam a few questions to get to know him a little better, and here is what he had to say:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"I have two different favorites for two very different reasons. I was once able to perform at the Joyce in NYC with Complexions Contemporary Dance Company. That was incredible because, well, it’s the Joyce. I also did a remarkable project with Leyya Tawil in 2014 in which we destroyed a dance while it was being performed. I spent 20 minutes spinning out of control - - it was perfect."
What inspires you most as an artist?
"I typically find inspiration from the contemporary; from the now; from the present. I never limit myself to a specific platform to create movement. Rather, I find inspiration from the various facets that exist everyday."
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"Well, my car radio is broken. The CD player just stopped working as well. Oddly enough, I’m completely fine with it. I find driving to be meditative; a time for me to reflect upon my daily practices and notice my somatic shifts. But sometimes I have to play Dave Matthews Band from my iPhone."
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"Just one? Can it be an entire lunch filled with dance history? I guess if I really have to choose one person, I’ll say Merce Cunningham. His contributions to contemporary modern dance have shaped so much of the current work I am interested in."
What's in your dance bag?
"Deodorant. Cologne. Body Spray (I smell). Knee Pads. Therabands. Chapstick. Ibuprofen. Toe Tape. Tennis Ball."
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"I taught an authentic movement exercise to students at BDF 2014 which was followed by a classroom filled with student connections to dance and the body. Nothing tops a moment when my students make a significant change in the way they view dance."
(Photo: Sam began his journey with BDF first as a student, then as an intern, and now as one of our favorite teachers! Here he is in 2011 with his fellow interns and festival director Kathy King.)
A little more about Sam:
Samuel Horning is currently a Senior at Wayne State University studing for a BFA in Dance. He began his dance training at the age of 16 under Michelle Marzejon and Kathy King. From there, he moved his studies to Wayne State University and has had the pleasure of dancing under Meg Paul, Addison O'Day, Ariel Osterweis, Jeffrey Rebudal, Biba Bell, Lisa LaMarre, Nicholas Leichter and other WSU faculty. While attending Wayne State, Sam has worked closely with Julie Bour, Nathan Trice, Ron Todorowski, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Ralph Lemon, Dwight Rhoden, Larry Lavender, and most recently, Eddie Taketa from NYC based Doug Varone and Dancers. Currently, Sam is the personal assistant to the Associate Professor and Area Head--Dance, Jeffrey Rebudal. Sam plans to receive his BFA from Wayne State in 2015 and will move out of Michigan to pursue a career in performance and choreography. Outside of the dance community, Sam enjoys bagels, mindless television, and organizing his already organized things.