Kathryn P. Smith
Ms. Smith has been an integral proponent of developing the vision set forth by Ms. Jeannine Symmonds, the founder of the Youth Ballet. Ms. Symmonds believed that classical ballet could be taught in a healthy, nurturing environment without compromising the strong technical foundation of the art form. Ms. Smith has devoted her time and energies to this aim.
Ms. Smith has over thirty five years of teaching background. Receiving her BA in Dance from the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Smith had the distinct privilege of studying ballet primarily with Tania Dokoudovska who performed with the Ballet Russes under the artistic direction of Leonide Massine. Ms. Smith was later invited to dance with the Kansas City Ballet Company.
While in Kansas City, Ms. Smith began developing her curriculum for teaching creative movement to children. Her education in children’s creative movement was enhanced by attending the University of Utah’s Virginia Tanner Creative Movement training course. Seeing the benefit young children receive from this movement and musical background has led Ms. Smith to mentor many young teachers in a similar training.
Ms. Smith received her MA in Dance from the University of Iowa where she continued her teaching within the department and also for the Dance Forum. She has attended teacher’s training courses at Central Pennsylvania’s Youth Ballet and most recently completed the Vaganova Ballet pedagogy levels 1-3 through the Pennsylvania’s Academy of Ballet.
It is the mission of the UIYB to enrich lives through movement while encouraging artistic expression, Ms. Smith is dedicated to this mission.