Samara Michelle Daise is the Director of Operations for Dance 411. She has dedicated her career to providing quality dance programs in underserved areas in the heart of Atlanta. A native of Detroit, she studied and performed various dance forms such as ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Her career started early, from being honored by Michigan Youth Arts Festival for her choreography at age 16, to recently having a principal dance role in the movie Anchorman 2. Samara’s administrative, educational and performing arts experience is longstanding.
In 2007 Samara founded the non-profit Journey Dance Company, which performed throughout the metro Atlanta community… including The Sweet Auburn Festival, the Independent Black Film Festival, Oglethorpe University, Morris Brown College and Georgia State University. Her community outreach programs have served over 5000 metro Atlanta youth. Samara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Clark Atlanta University and her Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She went on to serve in Cobb County Schools Central Alternative as a teacher and behavior interventionist.
Her passions for the youth, the arts, and business is at the heart of her role at Dance 411. Leading the Dance 411 team year round, Samara combines her natural business sense, artistic training and formal education to achieve success. She works tirelessly to ensure Dance 411 continues to be premiere resource for Atlanta’s arts and entertainment community. Samara stays grounded by surrounding herself with close friends and family. Her motto is “live the life you always imagined”.