Michael Smuin
Born(1938-10-13)October 13, 1938
DiedApril 23, 2007(2007-04-23) (aged 68)
San Francisco, California, US
Occupation(s)Choreographer, dancer
Years active1970s-2007
SpousePaula Tracy (1961–2000)

Michael Smuin (October 13, 1938 – April 23, 2007) was an American 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.