Professional dancer and Artistic Director of Janusphere Dance Company Darion Smith might say his favorite thing about SBCC is that the campus is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. “But,” Darion adds, “of course I would have to say the teachers and the classes offered are my favorite things about SBCC.” Darion began his dance studies at SBCC with Kay Fulton, whom he is very fond of to this day. “She changed my life profoundly and is definitely my favorite teacher at SBCC. Her classes prepared me for the next step in my dance education, which led me to the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.” In addition to dance, Darion also studied biology, chemistry, computer programming, math and English at SBCC. While he didn't choose to follow those paths, he believes studying about them certainly helped him achieve a broader view of the potential career paths he could have taken or might want to return to one day.
Darion won a scholarship to the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, attended and graduated, then briefly trained in Russia before returning to the U.S. Since then, he has been a performing member with professional dance companies in New York City, such as The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, throughout the U.S. and companies abroad. He currently performs with Janusphere in New York City. As a teacher of dance, Darion has been a guest lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. As resident choreographer, he has created six ballets for Janusphere including his first evening length work Sidewalk Slice! and PERHAPS, a dance film. Darion’s choreography has been presented at the Riverside Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and The Meeting House in Newport, Rhode Island. As director and co-founder, Darion is dedicated to his work and the importance of his company.
How does his education from SBCC serve him presently? As Darion puts it, “Ms. Fulton was able to give me a basic, but excellent, set of tools that I can still use today. I still reference her classes to help me in decisions on how to mentor a dancer in class or for a part in something I'm choreographing for the Janusphere Dance Company. SBCC gave me a great platform to get to where I am today. ”