We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sean, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Consistency has been the most important controllable factor that has benefited me the most. Especially at a young age, my consistency allowed those around me to trust me and feel compelled to invest in me in a multitude of ways (mentorship, guidance, recommendations, opportunities etc.).

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am in my 11th season as a professional dancer with Dallas Black Dance Theatre. I train and perform in a multitude of styles including ballet, modern, tap and jazz. I believe the incredible diversity, endless talent and open-hearted spirits of our 12-member group is what sets us apart from other companies. I was able to become a dancer in this company due to hard work and lucky timing. The challenge has been not only to maintain my craft but to deepen my understanding of artistry and command of my craft as I have navigated these past years with DBDT. Everything and anything I would want anyone to know about me or my story is left on stage so I encourage all viewers/readers to come see Dallas Black Dance Theatre perform either in person or virtually (we offer both!).

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Katy Train is my favorite place that I frequent. I love the natural aesthetic and beauty that surrounds the trail and the sounds of birds chirping serving as a soundtrack for a gentle walk or an athletic sprint. I love Trinity Groves for their diversity of restaurants. Trulucks (downtown) has one of the best happy hours in the city and live music to boot!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would dedicate my shoutout to the late Denise Jefferson who was the Director of The Ailey School which I attended from 2007 to 2010. She was incredibly invested and committed to the success and wellbeing of her students. I was very encouraged by her, especially creatively. She always wanted me to be in a place where I could express myself as an artist.

Website: dbdt.com

Instagram: @seansmithdances

Facebook: Sean J Smith

Image Credits
Sharen Bradford – The Dancing Image (Picture in royal blue costume & jumping photo)

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