meet our faculty

Ms.Samantha James

Owner/ Director

Ms.Samantha Pulsifer-James is a Mom and Wife who's originally from NH. She began dancing at a young age and has had the opportunity to dance and train in multiple styles of dance in New York, Africa, London, Boston, and more.

She has had the opportunity to be an instructor at the Legendary Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. She has always had a passion for dance, and making a positive impact on todays youth that she new someday she would open a studio of her own and spread the love of the art. SDA was opened in Chatsworth, CA in 2018.

Ms. Samantha is YPAD certified and a proud member of More Than Just Great Dancing. She aims to bring the best dance education to the Los Angeles Valley area and welcomes everyone with open arms and a big smile!

Jacob Bower


Jacob grew up in San Jose, California. He found his love for dance at the age of 15, and had the natural abilities to do so. He immediately started working hard, and quickly excelled in his craft.

Jacob started to train in acrobatics and contortion and loves being an artist. Before moving to LA he was working as an acrobatic instructor/choreographer at numerous studios in the Bay Area.

He recently moved to LA and he's excited to bring more positivity to the dance community, and that all starts in the studio.

Ms. Christa Wallin

Ms. Christa has been born and raised in Southern California. She started off dancing at the age of 3 at her pre-school. When she got older she ventured into theater and color guard, but dance was where her heart belonged.

At the age of 14 she joined a dance studio for the second time in her life. She trained, as well as, competed in different styles of dance in her studio time.

After High School she joined Fullerton College's Dance program and expanded her knowledge of dance.

Ms. Christa is very excited to share her passion for dance and everything she has learned with the students at Sampul Dance Academy.

Ms.Maddie Schneider

Maddie is a dancer and emerging choreographer in Los Angeles. She is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge. While majoring in Dance and Kinesiology she apprenticed under Evan Rosenblatt and his personal practice, “The Conscious Dancer.”

She has also trained intensively under J.M. Rodriguez, Dasha Tertova, Volta Collective, and FLOCKWorks. She has choreographed and danced for various studio and college performances in the San Fernando Valley including CSUN, Cantinas Arts Foundation, Shepherd Church, and Studio 1 Dance Academy.

Maddie is also passionate about bridging the art and science of dance as she is continuing her education to pursue a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science.

She looks forward to providing students with a fun and nurturing experience in all her classes!

Ms.Eliana Gonzalez

Eliana Gonzalez is a Sampul Alumni and has been dancing since she was 3 years old.

She has trained in many different styles of dance like tap, ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

She's currently a student at Cal State Fullerton where she's studying biology to some day become a Pediatrician.

She loves watching her students grow each and every week and is happy to continue being a part of the Sampul family!​

Ms. Saryh Deadmon

Ms. Saryh Deadmon is a hip-hop fusion dancer from Southern California who has grown up as a self taught artist. She's now taking the industry route and constantly working on her craft as well as helping train others to develop theirs as well.

She's currently studying Theatre and Dance as well as being President of Cal State University Northridge Hip Hop Team.

She follows anything that she can adapt to through her passions not only including dance but also video production and the music industry. When she's not teaching class you can catch her behind the desk as one of our awesome admin!

Mr. Ra

Ra is a talented dancer originally from Philadelphia. He has received extensive training in different styles falling under the Hip-Hop and Funk categories.

At the young age of 13, Ra was already recognized as a student protege by various members of the prestigious Rennie Harris Pure movement.

By age 22, he was touring theaters both nationally and internationally. Ra, also known as FLitz, is an expert in Breakin', Lockin', Poppin', Hip-hop, House music, dance, and history.

Ms. Paula

Ms. Paula has been the office manager for SDA since the day the doors opened .

She's always there to answer any questions you may have or just a friendly face to say hi to.


Drama Club Director

David Daniels has been performing, directing and enjoying theatre since he was a child. He is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy Of Performing Arts and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication with a Bachelor Of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

David has been very involved in local theatre for the past 2 decades as both an actor and director. Some productions you may have seen; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors, Parade, Willy Wonka and The chocolate Factory, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Shrek The Musical, Godspell, The Sound Of Music, The Wizard Of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Addams Family Thoroughly Modern Millie and more.

David especially loves directing youth and teens and helping them become better performers and most of all just love theatre! By day, David is a content producer for the Walt Disney Studios and a dad to two amazing kids Elliott (6 ½) and Eloise (16 Months). David is looking forward to creating a magical experience for everyone who participates in Sampul’s Theatre Program and can’t wait to get started.


Miss Samantha and the teachers at Sampul Dance Academy are just INCREDIBLE! They genuinely care about every single dancer and we couldn't be more grateful!

Jenna R.

Sophia very eagerly looks forward to class every single week. The teachers are truly amazing. Hands down the best dance school in the area!

Edward B.

Contact Us


20553 Devonshire St , Chatsworth CA 91311

Mon – Wed : 8:00am – 06:00pm

Thu – Sat : 10:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday : Closed

20553 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA

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Sampul Dance Academy is a children's dance studio located in Chatsworth with an award-winning team dedicated to providing the best dance instruction whilst also empowering tomorrow's leaders.

Opening Hours

Mon – Wed : 8:00am – 06:00pm

Thu – Sat : 10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday : Closed

ADDRESS: 20553 Devonshire St , Chatsworth CA 91311


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