Grace Wells-Smith


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Grace Wells-Smith (she/her) is a Toronto-based arts journalist. In addition to The Dance Current, her work has been published by CBC, Toronto StarIntermission, Saltwire Network and the Ryerson Review of Journalism. She has produced two dance films: Our Place in the Wasteland (2016, New Blue Dance) and Glitch (2017, Mile Zero Dance, New Blue Dance, dance : made in canada/fait au canada). 

Wells-Smith holds a Master of Journalism from X University, a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University and has also completed an internship with CBC’s investigative unit. 

Soon after graduating from York, she began an internship with The Dance Current and subsequently completed the Emerging Dance Critics Programme run in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada. 

Wells-Smith was an intern with The Dance Current from June 2015 to December 2016.  

Grace Wells-Smith's Work


Time to Exhale

After twenty-four years, Greta Hodgkinson will be retiring from her role as a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada.

A Tiny Partner

By Grace Wells-Smith

What is it like to dance before, during and after pregnancy? Angela Miracle Gladue and Jillian Peever met with Grace Wells-Smith to discuss their experiences navigating physical changes while continuing to dance professionally.

City Dance Corps senior hip hop students / Photo courtesy of Desjardins

All that Glitters...

How do studios decide to compete? By Grace Wells-Smith

Dance competitions in Canada are becoming more and more popular, but what values are associated with this world? Grace Wells-Smith sat down with Jennalee Desjardins and Sean Boutilier, who initially appear to be on opposing sides of this debate.

If the corps had a leader...

By Grace Wells-Smith

Andreea Olteanu has been a corps member at The National Ballet of Canada for twenty years, since she was eighteen. On the eve of her retirement, after this 2018/19 season, Olteanu spoke with Grace Wells-Smith about her twenty-year career with the company.

On the Ground

Closing Act

By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current caught up with Xiao Nan Yu on the eve of her retirement from her tenure at the National Ballet of Canada.

On the Ground

Heading South

By Grace Wells-Smith

Working in the United States requires patience, planning and help.


CADA/West Pilots a Childcare Costs Initiative

The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West) has announced a new Childcare Subsidy Pilot Program to help dancers offset childcare costs.

All That Glitters...

By Grace Wells-Smith

How do studios decide to compete?

From Our Archives

Catching Up With Shawn Byfield By Grace Wells-Smith

Dancer and teacher Shawn Byfield


Priced Out

After fifteen years, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement has been priced out of its home on 6 Noble St, in Toronto’s west end.