Choreographer Garrett Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and began his formal training with the Utah Regional Ballet. In 2002 Garrett Performed in the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, and toured Austria in the Tanszsommer Festival. Garrett was later named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts where he was honored to meet George W. Bush at the White House and perform his choreography at The Kennedy Center.
Garrett studied at the Houston Ballet Academy where he created five works for Houston Ballet II’s repertoire, which were taken on tours through the United States, China, Toronto, and Hungary. Garrett joined Houston Ballet, and choreographed on the company through an award presented to him by Peter Martins from the New York Choreographic Institute. Garrett was later commissioned by Houston Ballet to create a new work in 2013 and 2015. Garrett currently dances with Norwegian National Ballet. He has has had the great pleasure to work personally with choreographers Jiři Kylían, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Alexander Ekman, and also dance works by William Forsythe.
Garrett has been commissioned by Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet West, and Milwaukee Ballet to create new choreography.
Garrett was also selected for the National Choreographers Initiative 2014 to choreograph a new work. Garrett was recently accepted as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis International Choreographic Competition, where his new creation “Mortal Form” took 1st place.
Garrett will create a new work on New York City Ballet in the fall for the 2015 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship.