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Mark Smith

"I am so thankful to have been given the chance by Sync South East to explore new projects and grow as a Choreographer through their guidance and support, I look forward to this exciting journey that we are about to embark on together."

Mark is a freelance dancer, teacher, actor and choreographer. He was born deaf and communicated through lipspeaking. He started dancing when he was 4 year old. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and Bridget Espinosa’s London Studio Centre. He learned Matt-Mattox/Isolation Jazz Technique, Commercial Jazz, Street-Dance, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Latin/Ballroom.

mark smith dancing with a painted white face

He has performed in dance companies - Firefly, LaRibot & Aaron Williamson Dance Company.

He also performed and choreographed his own signature work called ‘Signdance’ (a combination of sign-language and movements together) at the Royal Festival Hall, Jackson’s Lane, ICA, Albany Theatre and The Place. He presented his first signdance work with a group of dancers called ‘The Lift’ at Stratford Circus in 2005. Since then, he has created ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Introducing Warhol’s Superstar'….’ & ‘Elvis!’.

As an actor, he played Tony in Channel 4’s ‘Rush’, Horst & Rudy in Graeae Theatre Company’s ‘Bent’ and Rob in BBC/HBO’s ‘Stuart - a Life Backward’, directed by David Attwood.

As a teacher, he taught Matt-Mattox, Freestyle Jazz, Street-Dance, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Tap and Signdance at Colin’s Performing Arts College, London Studio Centre, London School of Musical Theatre, Stella Mann College, Sadler’s Wells/Green Candle’s Deaf Dance Summer School, Big Dance/BBC’s Blast!, Urdang Academy, Reynolds Performing Arts, Bodywork Dance Studio, Billy Elliot School and Millennium Dance 2000.

Mark Smith jumping high

"I want to set up a deaf dance company. I want to change people's perceptive of deaf people dancing. Importantly I want to inspire more deaf people to dance!"