Samuel Hobbs was a university track athlete before his exposure to dance in 2004. Studying 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 began in 2005, spanning ballet productions in both Oregon and Washington States; performances with Lauren Edson, Lindsey Matheis, and Eowyn Emerald & Dancers; national performances with Minh Tran & Co. and BodyVox of Portland, Or; and international performances with Rainbow Dance Theatre of Monmouth, OR. As an instructor of dance and movement, Samuel has taught nationally, and internationally: ballet, contemporary dance, and non-traditional partnering. Following a series of major injuries, Samuel took a year off from dance to work with at-risk youth in North Carolina in 2011. After gaining new perspectives, Samuel returned and reestablished himself with his Portland roots, continuing studies in health and movement related fields. In 2014, Samuel made his choreographic debut in Portland, OR, establishing the foundation of push/FOLD, formed a year later. His choreographed works are acknowledged for their athleticism, unique approach to partnering, and original sound scores of Samuel's own. Deeply rooted in anatomy, physiology, and health, Samuel fuses his training in ballet and contemporary dance with his athletic background to form the backbone of push/FOLD's athletic style of movement. Currently residing in Portland, OR, Samuel continues to provide master classes regionally, and works outside of dance as a licensed manual therapist, and computer programmer.
Holly Shaw was born and raised in northern California. She has danced with Crockett-Deane Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Utah Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and BodyVox. Holly graduated in May 2010 from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet with emphases in Performance and Teaching. She has toured internationally to South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, and Scotland. Holly currently lives in Portland, OR as a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer, and continues to perform with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers and push/FOLD.