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Garrett Smith


Garrett Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he began training with the Utah
Regional Ballet. Garrett was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was honored
to meet George W. Bush at the White House where he was presented with and award
by Mikhail Baryshnikov. He later studied at the Houston Ballet Academy and created
five works for Houston Ballet II's repertoire. Garrett joined Houston Ballet and danced
works by Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Bruce, Christopher
Wheeldon, and Ben Stevenson. Garrett choreographed his first work on Houston Ballet
as an apprentice, through an award presented by Peter Martins from the New York
Choreographic Institute Fellowship. Mr. Smith later joined Norwegian National Ballet
where he worked personally with choreographers Jiři Kylían, Nacho Duato, Alexander
Ekman, and danced other works by William Forsythe and John Cranko. Garrett was
commissioned by Houston Ballet to create new works in the 2013, and 2015 seasons.
Other recent commissions include The Mariinsky Ballet, Les Grands Ballets De
Montreal, Bolshoi Ballet (Faces Project), Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet West,
Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet National de Bordeaux, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet,
Milwaukee Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and Salt Contemporary Dance. Mr. Smith was
a selected choreographer to make a new work for the National Choreographers
Initiative 2014. His choreography “Mortal Form” took 1st place at the 2015 Genesis
International Choreographic Competition. Smith’s choreography “Solace” was recently
seen in a new premiere in Deauville, France as part of the Festival de L’Art Russe, as
well as a U.S. premiere of his work “Imitations” with Norwegian National Ballet, for
the 2018 Dance Salad Festival. Garrett co-choreographed a new Swan Lake production
on ice at the Dynamo Stadium in Moscow, combining figure skaters, acrobats, and
ballet dancers, with Olympic Gold Medalist, Evgeni Plushenko and prima ballerina
Olga Smirnova. You can see Garrett’s choreography on Netflix for the original new
series “Tiny Pretty Things”

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