Community Spotlight: Samantha Cameranesi

Dance coach posing in a gymnasium.

Community Spotlight: Samantha Cameranesi

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s community is composed of many caring, uniquely-talented individuals. As a way to learn more about the members who encourage students’ passions outside of the classroom, we’re spotlighting various coaches and activity leaders over the course of the school year! Meet Samantha Cameranesi, better known as Coach Sam, head coach for the winter Knightettes dance team. 
 
What is your favorite part about being a coach?
My favorite part of being a coach is watching my athletes grow throughout their time on this team. Their talent, hard-work, and dedication to the sport of dance is something truly remarkable, and I love watching them not only grow as individuals but also as a team! 
 
How long have you been a coach? 
This will be my 9th season coaching the dance team at Benilde-St. Margaret’s! 
 
What are you most looking forward to this season? 
I am looking forward to a more “normal” season with my athletes this year. A season full of new endeavors, new goals, but the same love and passion for the sport of dance. As we are in week 3 of our season, I can tell this years’ team is forming a bond and love for their dances that I have not seen over the last couple of years. I am ready to coach alongside them and watch them flourish as a team! 
 
When you were a student, in high school and/or college, did you participate in the sport you coach? 
Yes, I was a Wayzata Trojet in high school, and then I went on to dance in college at the University of Minnesota! 
 
Do you have a favorite memory from being on a team? 
My favorite high school memory: Dancing at the State Jazz Finals my senior year, performing to the infamous “BEES” routine. The feeling when my team and I hit our final pose and the entire arena stood in applause in a standing ovation is something I will never forget. 
 
My favorite college dance team memory: Walking through the castle at the Milk House down in Florida for UDA Finals is a moment I will never forget with my team. As a senior captain, I took the hands of my teammates as we made our way out onto the finals floor. We hit our beginning pose and there was a brief moment of silence before the music started. With a deep inhale, I knew that this was the moment we had all been working so hard for. We danced that routine with the most power and grace we could have asked for. The final beat hit, and we hit our ending pose - the feeling walking off the floor like you gave it your all with your best friends, there is truly nothing better! 
 
Do you have any advice to give to student-athletes? 
I tell my athletes all the time, ENJOY THE JOURNEY! While there will be hard practices mixed in with fun practices, life is all about the journey that gets you there. Don’t wish the time away, and don’t wish for the moment to be over because before you know it, you’re a senior at your last competition or last game where you’ll be wanting it all back again. So…. enjoy the journey and TRUST THE PROCESS!! 
 
What do you love most about being part of the Red Knight community?
What I love most about the Red Knight community is that it is more than just a dance team, it truly is a FAMILY. A family that welcomes you with open arms! I am blessed to be a part of the Red Knight community who welcomes me back each year to coach wonderful student athletes. The relationships you form as Red Knights are ones you will have for life, and for this I am forever grateful! GO RED KNIGHTS, and of course a special shout out to my girls of the KNIGHTETTES DANCE TEAM - what time is it? OUR TIME.