Samuel Hobbs was a university track athlete before his exposure to dance in 2004. He studied on scholarship at Western Oregon University, Long Beach Ballet, and the American Dance Festival in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Modern Dance; graduating in 2007 with a degree in the Visual and Performing Arts—Dance, Art and Music. Samuel’s professional career spans main roles in ballet productions in both Oregon and Washington States; performances with Lauren Edson, Lindsey Matheis, and Éowyn Emerald & Dancers; national performances with Minh Tran & Co. and BodyVox of Portland, OR, and international performances with Rainbow Dance Theatre of Monmouth, OR, most notably at the World Expositions in Nagoya, Japan, and Shanghai, China. Samuel has taught both nationally and internationally as an instructor of contemporary movement and partnering. His choreographed works have been performed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Following a series of choreographic successes in Portland, OR, Samuel formed push/FOLD in 2015. Set to his original sound scores, Samuel’s choreographed works are acknowledged for their athleticism and utilization of momentum based choreography. His approach, called ‘Visceral Movement Theory ™’ (VMT), is rooted in the anatomy and kinesiology of our organs, fusing Samuel’s training in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Modern Dance with his athletic background. VMT forms the backbone of push/FOLD’s athletic style of movement. Samuel currently resides in Portland, OR as a director, choreographer, dancer, and instructor, working outside of dance as a Licensed Manual Therapist, and Software Developer.
Holly Shaw was born and raised in Northern California, where she began her dance training at the age of seven in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Turning her focus to Ballet in High School, Holly began performing with Crockett-Deane Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet, studying on scholarship at the Houston Ballet Academy during the summer of 2005. In 2006, Holly began attending the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she performed internationally with the resident company Utah Ballet, and began her professional career in 2007 as a guest-artist with Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet. Holly graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ballet with an emphasis in Performance and Teaching in 2010. After graduation, Holly moved to Portland, Oregon to continue her professional career, performing nationally, and internationally, with BodyVox, and Éowyn Emerald & Dancers; and regionally with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE. In 2015 Holly began working with push/FOLD, where she continues to perform as a main company member, and is an integral part of the administration as Managing Director. Outside of dance, Holly works as a STOTT Pilates Instructor-Trainer.