International principal dancer Aaron Smyth on dancing in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

On November 2 the worldwide release of Disney feature film ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ will include ballet dancer Aaron Smyth.

Starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Mackenzie Foy, the lavish production brings to life the classic ballet. In the film, Smyth plays the ‘Snow Cavalier’ character and dances with Misty Copeland, one of the most famous ballerinas in the world.

Smyth is in-demand internationally as a Principal Dancer himself. An award-winning Ballerino, his most recent accolade was in August, winning the Special Jury Award for Best Performer at The 6th Shanghai International Ballet Competition and he is currently guest starring in a season for Mzansi Ballet in South Africa.

Smyth also spent last year in London, performing eight times a week in the smash-hit West End production of An American In Paris.

Principal Guest Artist & Founder Dance4Humanity Aaron Smyth
Principal Guest Artist & Founder Dance4Humanity Aaron Smyth

Queensland born, Smyth trained in Australia but was soon on a Scholarship training in the US with the American Ballet Theatre at 17 years of age. He went on to dance with The Royal Ballet and then the Joffrey Ballet, America’s premier dance company based in Chicago, and has won medals in Cape Town IBC, Beijing IBC, USAIBC, Istanbul IBC and Korea IBC.

He has danced for the Royal family, the Obamas and judges on two series of the Got Talent franchise, coming 3rd on Australia’s Got Talent back in 2008 and in 2015 making the quarter finals on America’s Got Talent.

Smyth has performed The Nutcracker on stage many times around the world and says the opportunity to dance in Disney’s big-budget re-imagining of this beloved ballet was a surreal experience. Particularly working alongside Misty Copeland & famous actors. They’ve created something magnificent, beyond what you could ever imagine. It’s a truly magical piece of work”.

Read our interview with Aaron Smyth