Dance and history double major Samantha Hyde ‘12 has parlayed her experiences into a position as manager for the African American Dance Company at Indiana University.

Hyde, whose past experience is with the Colorado Ballet as education director, now has a master’s in library science with specialization in Children’s and Young Adult Services, as well.

She says of her work with the African American Dance Company, “I have developed my love of dance further than I thought it could go.

“Leaving a career in arts administration, I was disillusioned with the arts field in general, but I knew how I felt when I danced, and I knew I needed that. Being in AADC has allowed me to dance every week and not only strengthen my technique, but provide an outlet for stresses in my life. Engaging in movement will always help me stay calm, bring me back to the root, and create new ideas for solutions. I’ve also gained a new appreciation for dedicated spaces for Black art and artists.”

June 2, 2021