Our Dancers Sam Vaherlehto

Sam Vaherlehto

Sam graduated from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera in 2007 and after that worked for the Finnish National Ballet until 2010.

He has performed in various classical ballets and works by contemporary choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Kenneth Kvarnström, Christian Spuck, William Forthsythe, Johan Inger and Jarkko Mandelin. Sam has won three Finnish championships in street dance, placed second in the 2007 Nordic Ballet Contest in Sweden and in 2010 he won the men’s performing arts solo series in show dance. In 2010 he won the first So You Think You Can Dance contest in Finland, earning the title ‘Finnish most popular dancer’.

Sam danced with Susanna Leinonen Company, touring to China, Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden and Finland. He has choreographed for Finnish National Ballet, the Dance With Dancers event and AGG group (Aesthetic Group Gymnastics) Sport Club Vantaa and won the Finnish National Championship in 2013 and OVO Junior Team (Finland). Sam joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in August 2013. He teaches company class for the company and is interested in developing his choreographic practice.