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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Damian Smith Performance

performance and workshops

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is delighted to present one of Australia’s most accomplished male ballet dancers, Damian Smith, for a special one-off performance on Sunday 26 February. Hosted by the Gallery in partnership with the Allegro Ballet School, this renowned performer will present his unique combination of dance and painting for Wagga Wagga audiences.
 
Damian Smith was introduced to dance at age 9 in his hometown of Newcastle, NSW. He continued his schooling at the McDonald College performing arts school in Sydney, and from there he left Australia at age 16, to join the School of American Ballet in New York. In the course of his career, Damian performed with some of the world’s most celebrated companies including Ballet Du Nord, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Boston Ballet.
 
In 1996, Damian joined the San Francisco Ballet, where he held the position of Principal Dancer for fourteen years until his retirement from the company in 2015. Over the past two years, Damian has continued to teach and has also been producing many innovative artworks which incorporate paint and dance moves. His pieces capture the dancer’s daily rituals by using paint on his feet, as well as the intricacies of partnering from a male dancer’s perspective.
 
Damian Smith will perform at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Sunday 26 February. Doors open at 3.30pm, and the event will run from 4pm to 6pm including a Q&A session with the artist. This is a free event but seats are strictly limited and bookings are essential! Contact the Gallery on 02 6926 9660 or email gallery@wagga.nsw.gov.au.
 
Damian Smith’s performance at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is presented in conjunction with a weekend of workshops hosted by the Allegro Dance School. On Saturday 25 February Damian will be holding a series of classical ballet classes including Boys’ Ballet, Junior Ballet Technique, and Advanced Ballet Technique; and on Sunday 26 February a special open workshop will give students a chance to paint their own ‘dance canvas’ under Damian’s guidance. Bookings for classes and workshops are essential – contact the Allegro Ballet School directly on 0437 312 513.