Lillian Smith is a dancer, performer, and choreographer from Teaneck, NJ. At three years old she began her training at the school of performing arts at Bergen PAC, and the New Jersey Ballet School. Lillian then continued her education at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Leath Nunn and Ernie Prinz. While at NDT she performed principal roles in both classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, and Jerome Robbin's West Side Story Suite. She also annually participated in the prestigious competition, Youth America Grand Prix where she received scholarships to both the North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet Summer Intensives.
In addition to dancing, Lillian has also explored her passion for performing through theater and music. In 2019 she began voice lessons with renowned vocal coach and opera singer Claudette Peterson. That summer and following winter Lillian was dance captain in Forbidden Theater's production of Rent and Teaneck High School’s Chicago as Roxie Hart. In June 2020, Lillian graduated from Teaneck High School from the Academy of Social Sciences with high honors.
After graduation, Lillian moved to Columbus Ohio and joined BalletMet as a part of their trainee program under the leadership of Academy director Maria Torija. While at BalletMet Lillian has had the opportunity to learn George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht, Western Symphony, The Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. Lillian has also participated in BalletMet company productions including The Nutcracker and Edwaard Liang’s Giselle. During her time at BalletMet Lillian has had the chance to explore composition and choreography. Lillian’s choreographic credits include Old Fashioned and Supplicant.