Victor Smith was born in Hong Kong and received his early ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. After moving to Australia at a young age, he continued his training at the Queensland Conservatoire of Ballet in Brisbane completing his Diploma of Dance. During that time, he studied the Cecchetti Method and the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, passing exams with honours. He then went on to Sydney at Alegria Dance Studios under the direction of Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie, with whom he performed at the Sydney Opera House. Victor then went on to extended his dance education in the United States with the Boston Ballet School as Trainee, Ellison Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School. Former companies include Joffrey Concert Group, Baltimore Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Wilmington Ballet and most recently the American Midwest Ballet. He has performed numerous leading roles in the vast amount of classical and contemporary repertoire, dancing as Principal and Soloist. Repertoire highlights include Basilio in Don Quixote, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Lead Male in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Birthday Variations and Kettentanz and Bluebird in Gelsey Kirkland’s Sleeping Beauty. Original contemporary works choreographed by Dwight Rhoden, Africa Guzman, Ray Mercer, Michael Blake, Frank Chaves, Larry Kegwin and many others.
Victor is excited to be joining Minnesota Ballet for its 2023 – 2024 season!