Michael Smuin

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Michael Smuin
Born (1938-10-13)October 13, 1938
Missoula, Montana, USA
Died April 23, 2007(2007-04-23) (aged 68)
San Francisco, California, USA
Occupation Choreographer, dancer
Years active 1970s-2007
Spouse(s) Paula Tracy (1961–2000)

Michael Smuin (October 13, 1938 – April 23, 2007) was a ballet dancer, choreographer and theatre director. He was co-founder and director of his own dance company, the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco.

Biography[edit]

Born in Missoula, Montana, Smuin was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet, for which he served as co-artistic director from 1973 through 1985. In 1994 he founded Smuin Ballet.[1] He also choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Washington Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet.[2]

Smuin's Broadway credits included Little Me (1962) as a dancer, Anything Goes (1987) as a choreographer, and Sophisticated Ladies (1981) and Shogun: The Musical (1990) as choreographer and director. He also choreographed the 1995 West End production of Mack and Mabel.

Smuin's film credits included The Fantasticks, A Walk in the Clouds, The Joy Luck Club, The Cotton Club, and Rumble Fish.

Smuin collapsed and died of a heart attack while teaching company class in San Francisco.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
  • 1984 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Great Performances: Dance in America
  • 1988 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Anything Goes
  • 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – Anything Goes
Nominations
  • 1981 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Sophisticated Ladies
  • 1981 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Sophisticated Ladies
  • 1981 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Great Performances: Dance in America

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryce, Walter (6 June 2013). "Smuin Ballet balances art and entertainment". Monterey County Weekly (in English) (Seaside, California, United States). Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Michael Smuin". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 

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