Ballet 5:8 Company Artist, Samuel Opsal started dancing at the age of 16 in Pullman, WA. In 2014 he received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, graduating magna cum laude. While attending Cornish he was granted multiple awards for academic and artistic achievement. After college Samuel worked with Iyun Harrison’s Ashani Dances in Seattle and then moved to Pittsburgh to train in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program. His performances include PBT’s Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and La Bayadere. As a guest artist he has performed principal roles in Giselle, Firebird, and Swan Lake. Samuel joined Ballet 5:8 for the 2016-17 season where he performed several premiers including Ripple Effect and Scarlet. In the School of the Arts he has taught boys class, modern, improvisation, and pas de deux.