William Earle Smith

W. Earle Smith has over 35 years of professional experience choreographing, teaching and performing. This is Mr. Smith's nineteenth season with the Madison Ballet as Artistic Director.

As a dancer, D Magazine called Mr. Smith "meticulously chosen and prepared...who knows Balanchine." The Wisconsin State Journal hails his choreography as "imaginative and...rhythmically smooth and lively" with the Capital Times saying Artistic Director W. Earle Smith "more than delivered on every level."

Some of Mr. Smith's principal and soloist credits with Texas Ballet Theater formerly known as the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet include Balanchine's Western Symphony, Four Temperaments, Who Cares, Meija's Sonata, Eight by AdlerSarasate, Seasons, Nutcracker, and Cinderella.

Favorite corps de ballet roles at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Fort Worth Ballet include Stowell's Ravenia, Nutcracker with sets and costumes designed by Maurice Sendek, Balanchine's Stars n' Stripes, Rubies, Western Symphony,Prodigal Son, Brahms Schoenberg, Agon, Concerto Barocco,Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Square Dance, Scotch Symphony; Meija's Brahms' Waltzes, Les Noches, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet.

Mr. Smith's preparation for his role as Artistic Director goes beyond the traditional. He worked as a Youth Counselor for inner-city youth in New York City, a financial and business analyst, as well as director of special projects for a national membership association. 

Currently, Mr. Smith's passion is passing on his knowledge and art through his teaching and choreography in the performing arts. He has taught workshops, conferences and master classes in the Balanchine technique and style both nationally and internationally, including guest teaching at Ballet Arizona, Ballet Pacifica and Ballet Chicago. Some of Mr. Smith's choreography credits in New York, New Orleans, Hawaii, Seattle, Texas and Madison include DraculaCinderella, The Nutcracker, Night Dances, Le Luce d' Amore, and Four Movements.

Mr. Smith has long believed that collaborating with other performing arts organizations not only expands his own personal artistic growth, but strengthens the performing arts community as a whole. His collaboration as choreographer in CTM's Hello Dolly, Madison Symphony Orchestra's Viennese Ball, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Halloween Concert and The Class demonstrates this commitment to collaboration.

W. Earle Smith's passion is sharing his love for ballet with young people. An important part of his artistic vision is to develop and expand education and outreach programs, making ballet affordable and accessible to all.




Full Length Ballets

Dracula: A Rock Ballet (2013)

Cinderella (2010)

Peter Pan (2008)

Nutcracker (2004)

Cinderella (2005)

Nutcracker (1999)


Repertory Works

Groovy (2014)

Music by Various Artists


Adagio de Quartres (2013)

Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Composed by Samuel Barber

Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo

Composed by Tomaso Albinoni


Street (2013)

Music by Various Artists


Expressions (2011)

Music: Compilation

Composer: Various


Palladio (2011)

Music: Palladio

Composer: Karl Jenkins


Rhythm Where Are You (2011)

Music: Various

Composer: Various


Rain (2009)

Music: Rain

Composer: Michael Massey


Concerto Veneto (2008)

Music: Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Piano

Composer: Benedetto Marcello


Caccini Pas de Deux (2008)

Music: Ave Maria

Composer: Giulio Caccini


French Suite No. 3 (2008)

Music: The French Suites, Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BMV 814

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach


La Luce d’Amore (2004)

Music: Compilation

Composer: Various

Arranger: Richard Hayman



Night Dances (2004)

Music: Night Dances

Composer: Taras Nahirniak


Exercise 10 No. 90 (2006),

Music: Sonata No. 27, Opus 90: 1st Movement

Composer: Ludwig Von Beethoven


Black Shadow (2006)

Music: Negra Sombra

Composer: Rosalia de Castro and Carlos Nunez


Exercise 10 No. 51 (2006)

Music: String Quartet No.10, E Flat Major, Opus 51

Finale: Allegro Assai

Composer: Antonin Dvorak


Take Five (2006)

Music: Take Five

Composer: Dave Brubeck



WCO’s Concert on the Square (2010, 2011)

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Andrew Sewell, Conductor


Timesteps (2009)

Lone Star Ballet,

Vicki McClean, Artistic Director


Narnia (2010)

Children’s Theater of Madison

Roseann Sheridan, Producing Artistic Director


• Degas’ Little Dancer (2009)

Children’s Theater of Madison

Roseann Sheridan, Producing Artistic Director


Vienna Waltz Concert (2003 & 2004)

Madison Symphony Orchestra

John DeMain, Conductor


WCO’s Halloween Concert (2002 & 2003)

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Andrew Sewell, Conductor


Hello Dolly! (2003)

Children’s Theater of Madison


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988)

Casa Manana Theater, Fort Worth, TX


Britannia Jeans Fashion Show (1984)


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Teaching & Coaching



, Madison, WI (2011-14)


, Rochester, MN (2014)


, New York, NY (2010)

lone star ballet

, Amarillo, TX (2008-13)

luna negra

, Madison, WI (2008)

summer intercontinental dance festival

, Madison, WI (2007)

ballet pacifica

, Irving, CA (2006)

uw dance department

, Madison, WI (2006-10)

ballet chicago

, chicago IL (2005)

ballet arizona

, Phoenix, AZ (2005)

madison professional dance center

, Madison, WI

ballet madison

, Madison, WI

3-D dance studio

, Deerfield, WI

scarsdale school of dance

, Scarsdale, NY

nolte academy of dance

, Iowa City, IA

premier dance academy

, Madison, WI

3rd street dance

, Chicago, il

a step above dance studio

, Monona, WI

dance masters of wisconsin

, WI

new orleans ballet ensemble

, New Orleans, LA

mid-atlantic ballet school

, Westchester, NY

honolulu city dance center

, Honolulu, HI