Samantha Halas is a professional Contortion artist and antipodist originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She began practicing contortion at 21 years old, much later than many believe plausible to begin this intense physical training.
In Bolivia at 19 years of age she started learning Capoeira with a group of locals. There, she fell in love with their devotion to their art and their command over their bodies.
Discovering her own disposition to developing flexibility she traveled to China to train with the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe for a year in 2007/08.
She went on to perform with Vancouver’s Underground Circus at the 2010 Winter Games and the Vancouver Art Gallery , as well as performingindependently in variety shows, cabarets and night clubs. In 2010 she moved to San Francisco to train contortion, hand-balancing and foot juggling with world renowned Mongolian contortionist Serchmaa Byamba at the San Francisco Circus Center.
She trained in the summer of 2012 in Mongolia with Ehntsetseg Lodoi, and XBud Roses.
In Winnipeg she founded Frostbite Circus in order to produce her own circus shows, The Blacksmith's Ball, The Prism Cabaret and Heartache Hotel at the Gas Station Theater, Winnipeg from 2014 to 2016. These circus cabarets have up to 20 artists and musicians, and every single show was a sell out success.
Summer 2014 she worked with equestrian circus Luna Caballera to create Kaleidescope and La Centauree to create Les Betes de Cirque touring the province of Quebec. In 2015 she was in a duet called Fossil Love in Red Sky Production company's world premier of Backbone in Banff, Canada. In 2016 she performed at the International Contortion Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Samantha is also teaching contortion and hand balancing to teenagers and adults in Winnipeg and has done workshops all over North America. Her diverse background and late start to contortion diversify her techniques and approaches to using contortion as a tool for fitness, health and an artistic form of self expression.
Samantha speaks English, French, Spanish and basic Mandarin.