Beau Dean Riley Smith

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Beau was born in Dubbo and grew up on the South Coast of New South Wales in Culburra Beach on Yuin country. He is an Aboriginal man from the Wiradjuri Nation of Central NSW.

After graduating in 2009 with a Certificate IV in Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Beau studied dance at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association Dance College (NAISDA). There Beau studied the Lester Horton Technique and spent time with community on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait and on Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and dance.


Beau joined Bangarra in 2013, performing nationally and internationally with the company. His career highlights include performing Black from Ochres for the first time in Vietnam, and performing the Wiradjuri solo from ID on the Kinship regional tour on Country in Dubbo. 


Miyagan, part of the 2016 triple bill OUR land people stories was his first choreographic work for Bangarra.  



"I’m a man of very few words….and dancing brings out the truth in me. I feel safe, nurtured, connected and grounded." - Beau Dean Riley Smith

"Daniel Riley and Beau Dean Riley Smith’s partner work in Macq set the standard early, and the remainder of the male cast followed with aplomb"

Australian Stage