yaa | ya (y+AH): to call or attract; often said before calling someone’s name to get their attention.

samar (‘sum’ + ‘are’): evening conversation, sleepless night, night of entertainment

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“Samar Haddad King deftly melds styles from hip-hop and ballet to social dance and acrobatics.”

- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

“The YSDT dancers move like this often, tender yet aggressive; tenacious yet desperate. The body subverts itself, becoming both weapon and wound.”

- Cleo Abramian, Hyperallergic

Touring works

"Samar Haddad King’s propulsive choreography [is] equal parts rave stomping and sensuous writhing."

- Bob Verini, New York Stage Review

Programs

“The process the dancers went through creating Getting there, staying here was transforming. I watched Samar push the [Hubbard Street] second company both physically and emotionally. There was a visible growth of artistry.”

- Taryn Kaschock Russell,  The Juilliard School

“King's choreography is dynamic and athletic"

- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World

“[YSDT] defines the space within which human relationships take place. They shape the landscape of expectation and hope.... What ensues is unique, free of easy classification, and beautiful."

- Sara J. Hart, Explore Dance

“The combination of the dramatic subject matter and the technical ability and experience of [King's] dancers makes for an undeniable explosive combination.”

-Amanda Keller, idanz