Mark Smith is the Founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing and has a wealth of experience teaching a variety of dance styles, specialising in Tap. He has been nominated as Best Choreographer in the Off-West End Awards and the Broadway World UK Awards for Ace of Clubs, Call Me Madam & Iolanthe and Live Theatre & British Theatre for Tommy.
Since training at the Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre, Mark has amassed a multitude of choreography credits. These include The Last Five Years (Wales Millennium Centre & Tour); Paralympic Opening Ceremony – London 2012; Blood Wedding (Dundee Rep); As you Like It (Oxford Shakespeare Company); The Progress Score, Hear! Hear!, Rosa, TEN, Sense of Freedom, Corazon a Corazon, Embrace, Let us tell you a story.., & Alive! (Deaf Men Dancing); Aladdin (Hammersmith Lyric); Shoes (Sadler’s Wells); Iolanthe, Call Me Madam & Ace of Clubs (Union Theatre/Wilton’s Music Hall & UK Tour); Money Makes The World Go Round & Echoes in the Night (Carnival UK/3 Pins Productions); My Silent World (Ballet Boyz/Channel 4’s Random Acts); National English Ballet Theatre (Choreography Lab); The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre and Ramps on the Moon’s Tour Production) and The Color Purple (Curve & Birmingham Hippodrome).
As a highly experienced tap dance instructor, Mark loves to see students being inspired and progressing to become strong & confident performers.
“The students are always equal. My aim is that students are inspired, gain confidence and learn new techniques. I encourage enjoyment, hard work and a sense of achievement.”