Samantha Riggs, Dance / Costuming

Samantha joined Jamila Lotus in 2008 and continues to contribute as a guest choreographer, performer, and costumer.  

One of the nation’s leading tribal bellydance instructors and Bollywood dance

choreographers, Samantha currently lives in the Northwest and appears with her own dance ensemble, Portico.  She founded the popular Indian repertory Boom Boom Bollywood, whose production Bollywood Love Rules appeared at such venues as the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA’s Metro Theatre, and the Unity Theatre (UK).  Prior to that, she was a company dancer and Assistant Director of Domba! world music and dance for 10 years.  She travels worldwide performing and teaching Middle Eastern and Indian dance, and has been a featured performer at many of the US and UK’s major bellydance showcases and festivals.  


Samantha also created Phoenix, AZ-based ensembles Fyrae, a fire arts performance group, and the Sexy Scallywags variety show.  She has a background in stage combat and fight choreography, and trains in medieval martial arts.  She was the founder and original director of the Bedlam Bells Morris, Arizona’s first English Morris folk dance side.  

Samantha now spends the majority of her time on or near the sea as a tall ship sailor and marine engineer.

She was an original cast member of the Arizona Renaissance Festival’s first season!