In an adorable BuzzFeed video, two dancers with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater revealed how they went from roommates to soul mates. Samuel Lee Roberts and Michael Francis McBride met when they both joined the troupe nine years ago. They ended up as bunkmates on tour and quickly became close, but the relationship was strictly platonic.
SAMUEL LEE ROBERTS (Quakertown, PA) began his dance training under the direction of Kathleen Johnston and attended The Juilliard School. He performed in the first international show of Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City and danced with the New York cast from 1999-2004. Mr. Roberts performed during the award ceremony at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, worked with Corbin Dances and Keigwin + Company, and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company. In May 2006, Mr. Roberts was named Dance Magazine’s“On the Rise” Dancer. He performed several roles in Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe and the original opera Grendel. Mr. Roberts joined the Company in 2009.