Samar Haddad King deftly melds styles from hip-hop and ballet to social dance and acrobatics.
Heidy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times
Getting there, staying here, packed an emotional wallop! -- King's work rated top ten of most memorable moments in 2010
Jaci Webb, Billings Gazette
Awesomely athletic. A tribute to independence and risk taking…[King’s work] gets through beautifully.
Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Stage Style
King brings an edge.
Vicki Crain, Rumination of a Rogue Ballerina
The performance was fast paced and thoughtful…incorporating modern American and Arab themes [that] caught the audience off guard more than once.
George Hale, Ma’an News
The Store is humorous and affecting … [and] transformed the theater from a stage to a poetic playground expressing the diversity of the human spirit.
Hiam Abu Na3aaj, Ad-Dustour
Like a ray of light coming out of the arid desert, The Store by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre presented a dramatic, symbolic and rhythmic tale …leaving the audience mesmerized in their seats.
Hussein Daaseh, Al Rai
Samar pranced through her luscious choreography with moments of quirky hand and foot gestures that made you relate to her even more…the two brought smiles to the audience.
Caroline Banks, idanz
The combination of dramatic subject matter and technical ability of [King’s] dancers makes for an undeniable explosive combination.
Amanda Keller, idanz
So much art has worked over the idea of baring the soul that it was refreshing to see someone go at it from the other direction. In Layered Identity dancer Zoe Rabinowitz…[is] trapped behind yards of drab clothing, she goes from free spirit to faceless.
Barbara Zuck, Columbus Dispatch
The applause roared in response to King’s portrayal of an everyday woman…placing layers of fabric on her body, the last being the hijab.