My name is Kylee C. Smith. I am an twenty-one year old undergraduate student majoring in dance at the Ohio State University. I was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, moved to Brownstown, Michigan, at the age of two, and then to Greenwood, South Carolina, in the summer of 2002. My family has since relocated to Layton, Utah, during the summer of 2015.
I started like many young girls — with gymnastics. But the move the brought me to South Carolina also brought with it a desire to try something new. I chose dance, taking a year of jazz, tap, and ballet classes. Ballet earned it’s place as my favorite of the three, and I continued my training in ballet for twelve years at Studio One School of Ballet in Greenwood, SC, under the instruction of Cathy Girvin. I was exposed to and developed a love for modern/contemporary dance in 2010. Our modern program was taught by Lynn Alexander-Eakin. My teachers have been a very important part of my dance career thus far and have been very helpful in developing me into the dancer I am today. I would not be where I am today without their patience and nurturing. I especially am thankful to Ms. Lynn — she opened my eyes to the world of dance in a way I had never seen it before and encouraged me to dream even bigger than I had dared to believe possible.
I am also incredibly thankful to have been blessed by God to have the most incredible parents in the world. They believed in me and my dreams enough to embark upon a journey about which they had very little foreknowledge. To be honest, I did not either, and it continues to be a learning process for my entire family. It means the world to me to have such a strong support system.
I am currently working towards earning my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance along with a minor in Creative Writing. Ultimately, I would like to graduate with a job dancing professionally with a contemporary or modern company. Over the course of my time at Ohio State, I have developed a passion for using dance a s method of invoking social commentary and/or change. My ultimate goal in dance has become to create my own collaborative dance company as an avenue for that creative energy. Right now, I have a deep interest in researching Black dancing bodies in American culture and performance, and this is fueling my choreographic pursuits at the moment.