Joined KCB in 2016

Sarah Joan Smith, from Columbia, SC, began her training at the age of eight in Kiev, Ukraine. She continued her ballet training after returning to the States at Columbia Ballet School with Anita Ashley and Ann Kent. Ms. Smith attended summer intensives at The Rock School for Dance Education, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet, and Boston Ballet. She attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 2010 to 2012 where she trained with Ethan Stiefel, Warren Conover, Susan McCullough and Nina Danilova. Following her graduation in 2012, she was a trainee with Boston Ballet where she performed with the professional company and Boston Ballet II. In 2013, Ms. Smith joined Richmond Ballet’s second company under the direction of Stoner Winslett and Igor Antonov. She enjoyed performing in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Mozartiana, Valse Fantaise, The Four Temperaments, John Butler’s Carmina Burana and Salvatore Aiello’s The Rite of Spring. She was featured in soloist roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and works by Stoner Winslett and Val Caniparoli. In 2015, she traveled to China with Richmond Ballet where she performed at the Meet in Beijing Festival as well as several other cities in China. Since joining Kansas City Ballet in 2016, Ms. Smith has performed in many ballets such as Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, and enjoyed features roles in Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery and Andi Schermoly’s Klein Perspectives. Most recently, Ms. Smith was asked to be a dancer with the 15th annual National Choreographers Initiative.

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