Samara Atkins has been dancing and teaching hip-hop since 1999 and finds pure joy in sharing her love and passion of dance with others. She has been technically trained in jazz, ballet, and hip hop, while her main focus has predominantly been street styles. Not only has she been a choreographer since the age of 14 and directed a student-run dance company at Howard University while attending, but has performed in various dance companies including New Style Motherlode, Diamond Dance Company, Neopolitan, Dance 10, St. Mary's Dance Ensemble, Vizion Performance Team, Carla Service's Dance-A-Vision. She currently is a dance teaching artist through Destiny Arts Center and is Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Mix'd Ingrdnts, where her influences of street dance have been developed. Traveling to Mexico, China, Thailand, Nepal, and Vietnam to showcase, teach, and share her love of dance with other cultures, her passion is to perform and teach youth and the community to freely express themselves with confidence. She has choreographed for Mix'd Ingrdnts, global artist Dahrio Wonder, local artists The Alphabet Rockers, Sara Lovell, Jonn Hart, Michelle Martinez, Moesoul, and Judit, and also has back-up danced for Nile Rodgers and the band Chic. Samara has also danced for LUAM, whose choreographer credits include Busta Rhymes, Nelly Furtado, and Rihanna. She teaches adult and youth hip-hop classes around the Bay Area and also is currently a hip-hop columnist for Dance Studio Life Magazine.