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Lowell Smith

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Lowell Smith was a riveting, smoldering and intense dancer.

If Nijinsky had come back to life and was dancing next to Lowell Smith, I would have been watching Lowell Smith.

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Belatedly, I was so sorry to learn last month of Lowell Smith's death. He was indeed riveting in dramatic roles and equally compelling in a different way, full of strutting sass, in lighter ballets such as Troy Games. For many years. DTH programmed Troy Games at almost every Saturday matinee at the Kennedy Center. While we might have preferred a bit more variation, it was always a joy to see Lowell Smith.

A search for more information about his life and death turned up several memorable quotes. He turned to ballet rather than modern dance, for example, because he had no interest in rolling on the floor. He was also much drawn to the idea (and I paraphrase here) that there was only one correct way to do something in ballet. After his retirement, he was apparently a sought-after teacher. From what I've read, he had much wisdom to pass on. What a shame that this phase of his life was cut short.

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