Samantha began dancing at the age of 7 under the guidance of her mother Kelly Buckwalter Casanova. Her competitive dance career began in 2001 which led her to do her first Juniors routine at the US Open with Ben Morris in 2002 and the following year with Rickey Andrade in 2003. Samantha worked diligently to earn her points in every division up from the Junior, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and AllStar divisions to her current position competing with the top Champion dancers around the world.
Starting in 2007, Samantha was fortunate to study under Mario Robau Jr. She assisted him in workshops and intensives both in the US and abroad which she credits to her confident teaching foundation. During 2009-2010 Samantha was presented a once in a life time opportunity to re-locate to London. It was there that she taught weekly classes, workshops, and events all over the UK and Europe in an effort to help the Swing community grow. Samantha now resides in Southern California and continues to travel all over the world competing, coaching, and teaching with her partner Matt Richey.