PNB Dancer Sam Portillo


Samuel Portillo (he/him) is from Denver, Colorado. He studied at Colorado Ballet, Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy, Colburn Dance Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He attended summer courses at Colorado Ballet Academy, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

While a student, Samuel performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations (Colburn), and originated roles in Mark Cuddihee’s Traverse, Kyle Davis’s What is Here Today, and Amanda Morgan’s Unfinished Symphony. Samuel performed with the company in works by George Balanchine (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker), Crystal Pite (The Seasons’ Canon), and Kent Stowell (Swan Lake).

Samuel won the YAGP Denver First Place Senior Men’s Division in 2020.

Headshot © Lindsay Thomas