Michael Smuin

Michael Smuin
Born (1938-10-13)October 13, 1938
Missoula, Montana, USA
Died April 23, 2007(2007-04-23) (aged 68)
San Francisco, California, USA
Occupation Choreographer, dancer
Years active 1970s-2007
Spouse(s) Paula Tracy (1961–2000)

Michael Smuin (October 13, 1938 – April 23, 2007) was a ballet dancer, choreographer and theatre director. He was co-founder and director of his own dance company, the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco.


Born in Missoula, Montana, Smuin was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet, for which he served as co-artistic director from 1973 through 1985. In 1994 he founded Smuin Ballet.[1] He also choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Washington Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet.[2]

Smuin's Broadway credits included Little Me (1962) as a dancer, Anything Goes (1987) as a choreographer, and Sophisticated Ladies (1981) and Shogun: The Musical (1990) as choreographer and director. He also choreographed the 1995 West End production of Mack and Mabel.

Smuin's film credits included The Fantasticks, A Walk in the Clouds, The Joy Luck Club, The Cotton Club, and Rumble Fish.

Smuin collapsed and died of a heart attack while teaching company class in San Francisco.

Awards and nominations



  1. Ryce, Walter (6 June 2013). "Smuin Ballet balances art and entertainment". Monterey County Weekly. Seaside, California, United States. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Michael Smuin". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
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