American born choreographer Garrett Smith has established international recognition for his choreographic works. He has created and staged his choreography for some of the most elite dance companies in the world today including Teatro Alla Scala, The Mariinsky Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, New York City Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet national de l’Opéra de Bordeaux, amongst many others. Smith’s choreography is recognized as intuitive and exciting from his creative staging and full visionary approach. Human identity and self-reflection are a common theme that can be discovered within a range of Smith’s work.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah where he began his formal training, Garrett was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts where he was presented with an award by Mikhail Baryshnikov and honored to meet George W. Bush at the White House. Smith got his start as a choreographer with Houston Ballet Academy, creating five works for the second company (Huston Ballet II). Smith joined Houston Ballet as a professional dancer, where he became a two-time award recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship. Smith later joined The Norwegian National Ballet and worked closely with important leading choreographers of our time.
Garrett has presented his choreography in prestigious festivals and theaters such as The Kennedy Center Washington D.C., The Ziegfeld Theater NYC, Dance Salad Festival Houston, Dynamo Stadium Moscow, and the 100 year anniversary of Festival de L’Art Russe in Deauville France. Beyond Opera Houses, Smith’s choreography has also been seen on television in the original Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things. Garrett is currently resident choreographer for Vitacca Ballet. His recent creation for the company Hypnotic Forces was selected by Pointe Magazine as one of the 12 standout performances of 2023.
Smith has been invited onto different panels serving as a mentor and adjudicator for Youth American Grand Prix, Universal Ballet Competition, and New York City Dance Alliance. His knowledge and experience have stretched the globe hosting dance workshops in India, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, USA, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
Garrett continues to build captivating creations with his main approach in drawing inspiration from the artist in front of him, building tailor made movements that play to the artists strengths, and highlighting the best within the individual.