Artist

Renée Smith

Dancer

Renee Smith is an Ontario-based artist. At a very young age, she quickly developed an interest in movement detail, versatility, and how the expression of dance is a unique and personal expression. Renee trains and teaches in various styles such as Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Tap, and Hip hop.

She has received numerous awards, scholarships, and performance opportunities in both commercial and theatre settings in NYC, Toronto, in gala performances, television, and within film industry. Renee has performed in the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, New Blue Emerging Dance, Choreographers Ball, CRAM, Dance Ontario, and in “A Gathering”, a 2020 Fall for Dance North commission created by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Meir Schraiber. She has interpreted stage works by Kelly Shaw and Alysa Pires, and has performed the repertoire of David Earle’s “Sacred Garden”.

Ms. Smith has recently completed for studies at Ryerson Universities School of Performance graduating with a BFA in Dance performance. Striving for new heights, Renee has always pushed herself to become as versatile and outgoing in her training as possible. She implements goals as a performer and as a teacher and creator. She has made works for Ryerson School of Performance, Ryerson’s Dance Pak, film works, and the competitive dance industry. Her choreographic body includes: “in a constant state of…”, “I’ll be your Anchor”, a collaborative work with Kaylee Cacciotti titled, “BODY”, and “Merging Endurance” made and performed with Sofia Ontiveros. Renee received the opportunity to showcase her creative work at the National Ballet of Canada for an awareness event titled, “Outside Looking in”. Renee as well become part of The Movement Project faculty; Durham Regions newest and first drop-in dance center curated in 2020. She conducts intermediate/advanced Contemporary classes and has found a joy in teaching to the public allowing her to meet new artists and dive deeper into her craft.

Renee is committed to sharing her passion, believing that it will lead to an opportunity for growth and inspiration. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer, she is dedicated to positive practice and challenges dancers to step outside of their comfort zone to receive new information that will carry into their own artistry. She continues to explore and translate new ways of moving in her performance and choreographic practice while sharing her love and knowledge with others.