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 New South Wales.
Beau studied Theatre at WAAPA and later joined NAISDA Dance College and graduated with a Diploma of Dance. He joined Bangarra in 2013. His career highlights include performing the title role in Bangarra’s Bennelong (2017), 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 – a work that Bangarra returned to Country as part of the 2018 regional tour.
Helpmann Award – Best Male Dancer (2018)
Australian Dance Award – Outstanding performance (2018)
"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