Damian Smith

The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship

Published: 14/05/2018 11:49am

Damian Smith is a dancer whose international career spans 25 years. After studying at The McDonald College in Sydney, Damian was accepted into the School of American Ballet in NewYork city at age 16. He then commenced his professional dancing career with Ballet Du Nord in France where he toured and worked with European choreographers before accepting a position with the San Francisco Ballet.

As Principal Dancer Damian performed over 200 ballets from traditional to contemporary, with more than 25 ballets created for him. He has collaborated with globally renowned choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, John Newmeyer, Mark Morris, Wayne McGregor, Nacho Duato, Alexei Ratmansky, Jiri Killian and William Forsyth and performed as guest artist with the NewYork City Ballet, Pacific North West Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and the Hong Kong Ballet.

Damian was appointed to one of seven positions for artists in transition across the United States to study under Michael Kaiser in the DeVos Program for Management of the Arts, leading to his position as Artistic Director of the Satellite Collective in New York City and its seven art entities including: dance, poetry, opera, music, media, theatre and visual arts. As Managing Director of the international stars of Ballet he produced a tour which bought eight of the world’s best dancers to Australia in 2008. From classical to contemporary, the Australian audience was exposed to new choreography and world class performers.

Exploring other creative outlets Damian has created a number of short films, one of which was accepted into multiple film festivals across the globe and exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art reflecting his Australian Aboriginal roots, ‘Arrellah’, in an original series of dance paintings and video performance. His teaching and staging of works include pieces by Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Ballet of London and the San Francisco Ballet. Damian was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia.