Samantha and Brian Lawton are life and dance partners trained in a multitude of dance styles, growing up studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and theatre, and in their adulthood studying the social, partnered dance forms. The two are alumni of New York University, Samantha from Tisch Dance and Brian from Steinhardt, where they met and began their dance partnership. Among the many styles of dance which entice them, Samantha and Brian have found a home in the dance styles of the jazz and swing eras. Encompassing the Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, Boogie Woogie and many more styles, swing is an athletic dance with an emphasis on rhythms, connection to the music, and “aerials” and tricks. While swing is rooted in the styles of the 1920′s through the 1950′s, Samantha and Brian strive to put a modern twist on it, calling on their backgrounds in varied dance forms. The two have choreographed, performed, and taught together in the birth place of Swing, New York City, as well as across the country and abroad in England, France, and India. Samantha and Brian are well-versed in both choreographed dancing and free-styling whether alone or partnered. While they are exclusive professional partners they also dance in Lindy Hop performance troupes and The Vanaver Caravan, a world dance company.
A collection of Samantha and Brian’s credits include performances in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Madison Square Garden (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, The Whitney Museum (Samantha), and The Delacorte Theatre for New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park (Brian). Most recently, Samantha and Brian were featured performers in the original cast of SWING! the Broadway musical on Norwegian Cruise Line in 2015 and since have transitioned into being directors teaching the show alongside original director/choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett. They have also worked in pre-production with Andy Blankenbuehler for his newest broadway show Bandstand. You can spot the pair performing the choreography of Netta Yerushalmy in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ recent music video, “Go Robot”.
Samantha Lawton (formerly Samantha L Siegel) hails from the Bay Area of California, where she trained and competed in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary dance at Castro Valley Performing Arts and found a love for musical theatre in high school. Samantha became primed at a young age for performing for large audiences after dancing for the NBA Warriors’ Junior Jam Squad for three years. Samantha graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dance in 2011. With a background of studying a diverse amount of dance styles, Samantha has found a home in swing, and the partnered dances.
Brian Lawton is a classically trained dancer from the Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts with over nine years of experience in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance. Brian is also well-versed in both the competitive and social styles of Latin and ballroom dancing as an instructor, performer and award-winning competitor. As a freelance instructor, he teaches numerous group and private dance classes every week. In his current hometown of New York City, Brian performs with Syncopated City Dance Company, the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, and Ground Grippers Dance Company.