Los Angeles Ballet
Samuel Akins is from Birmingham, Alabama. He started his dance training at seven years old at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He later attended ASFA as a full-time student before leaving for New York at 14. Akins was a National Training Scholar for American Ballet Theatre in 2009. He then trained at the School of American Ballet, where he had various performance opportunities with both the school and New York City Ballet. At 18, Akins joined the Los Angeles Ballet, where he danced for four years. While in LA, he performed a number of ballets, specifically works choreographed by Petipa, Balanchine, and
Bournonville. Akins also danced with Alabama Ballet and performed principal roles in company productions of The Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine’s The Nutcracker; he also originated lead roles in three world premiere contemporary works.