Randall Smith

Assistant Professor, Dance
Theatre & Dance
Baker Center for the Arts



  • M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.F.A. (two), University of California, Irvine

Teaching Interests

My research is concerned primarily with how the creative and interpersonal dynamic between choreographers and dancers is established, maintained and capitalized. This unique relationship is what I believe is the ultimate muse. My study on muses translates into my teaching, which shows dancers and non-dancers how to understand their creative potential, thus generating tools to maximize efforts while being in states of flow and high creative output.

I believe everyone has a muse, whether you are an artist, scientist, writer, pedagogue, businessperson or other. By showing students how to look into and have dialogue with the self and extend that conversation to others, I believe students will undoubtedly find their niche and stimulate collaboration, advocacy and change-making habits. I am currently earning my teaching certification in Pilates and aspire to earn my 500-hour yoga certification in 2018.

Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests

I am currently a dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance (NYC) and the Megan Flynn Dance Company (Philadelphia). I serve as a répétiteur and assistant to legendary choreographer Donald McKayle, having performed for his Etude Ensemble for four years. I maintain a practice of performing, restaging and interpreting McKayle’s repertory, creating his own dance works and teaching dance nationally.

In August, I made my debut in Minneapolis performing for Jeffrey Peterson's “Side by Side” in “Rhythmically Speaking.” My most recent credits include the following:

  • Performing for acclaimed ballerina and choreographer Jodie Gates in “Mein Zimmer” (2012).
  • Work by Taiwanese choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Shen Wei (NYC), zoe|juniper (Seattle).
  • “WOW,” an experimental opera created in 2014 by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey and Adam Levin.
  • Last summer I performed in Philip Glass’s opera, “Witches of Venice,” commissioned by Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • In 2015, I restaged McKayle’s “The Fight” (from the musical, “Golden Boy,” starring Sammy Davis Jr.) for The American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.

On May 12, 2016, I received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 46th Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Irvine.

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