Kylee C. Smith

Kylee Smith, a black woman with long twists in her hair, resin hoop earrings, and a blue sweater looks into the camera and smiles fully showing her teeth.

Kylee C. Smith

Distinguished University Graduate Fellow

316 Sullivant Hall
316 Sullivant Hall
1813 N High St

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Areas of Expertise

  • Black Dance Theory
  • Choreography
  • Performance


  • BFA in Dance, Minor in Creative Writing, The Ohio State University

Kylee C. Smith is an MFA student in Dance at The Ohio State University Department of Dance. She is an artist-scholar who studies Black dance theory broadly, with a particular focus on Black women’s bodies in American culture and performance and dance as ritual. In her text-based research, performance, choreography, and writing, she centers Black women to counter the status-quo and create a Black space where they are privileged. Her ongoing experiences with grief and loss have led to her current research in crafting dance as ritual practice that she might shift the temporal planes between past and present in order to commune with those whom she considers to be “just on the other side.” She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in May 2017 from The Ohio State University where she earned a BFA in Dance with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a Distinguished University Fellow.

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