Miss Sarah-Beth has been a student of classical ballet since the age of eight. She has studied both in the United States and abroad. She received the Armstrong Award at age nine to pursue a professional track education of Russian technique ballet training. Ms. Smith has studied Russian, French, Vaganova, Checcetti, and RAD methods of ballet as well as Horton and Fosse jazz techniques, various tap methods, and flamenco.
Ms. Smith was a student of the New England Civic Ballet (formally Cabriole Dance Arts Academy) under the direction of Phyllis George (American Ballet Theatre and the New York
City Rockets). In 1994 Sarah-Beth became a student of the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education where she trained under Sydney Leonard, Pamela Lindsey, and Arthur Leeth. Sarah-Beth also attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts on scholarship from Maglon tights for which she also was a cover model. There she performed in several choreographic works among them a premier performance by Diane Arvantes-Noya, director of Prometheus Dance Company.
Ms. Smith attended both the Boston Conservatory and Dean College, from which she holds a degree in pedagogy. There she studied anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, nutrition, and injury prevention, music theory, Laban notation, movement and improvisation, laban and delsarte movement theory, creative movement for children, dance history, acting and vocal progressions, as well as ballet, tap, jazz, and modern technical pedagogies. While attending Dean College Sarah-Beth was accepted into the Alvin Ailey dance and accreditation program on full scholarship under the selection of famed Alvin Ailey dancer Dennis Jefferson. She has studied under Sean Curran ( creator of Stomp), Donna Silva (Joffrey Ballet), Jill Silverman ( Joffrey Ballet), Diane Arvantes- Noya (Prometheus Dance Company), Jennifer Scanlon (Limon Dance Company) and Omaya Amaya (flamenco dance pioneer) to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous dance and choreographic awards. Ms. Smith has performed in productions both as a student and professionally including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romonda, Giselle, Ler Partenerf, Eugene Onegin, Serenade, Jewels, Carmen, and the Nutcracker, as well as premier choreographic performances.
Sarah-Beth has been teaching professionally since 1995 and is a lifelong student of the performing arts. She is a degreed teacher and member of the prestigious Dance Masters of America and The National Dance Education Organization. She finds her true love to be in teaching the next generation of dancers the passion and beauty of movement.
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