Behind the scenes with Terez Dean


Terez Dean was Born and raised in Langrange, NY, and at age fifteen moved to “The Big Apple” to pursue her dancing dreams….

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Young Terez in an early dance recital

Terez trained at the renowned School of American Ballet (SAB), where she was taught and inspired by various teachers including Kay Mazzo, Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, and Jock Soto. Terez also had the opportunity to perform onstage with the New York City Ballet whilst training at SAB, some of her most memorable performances included George Balanchine’s Western Symphony (Third Movement) and Union Jack.




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Photo: Lois Greenfeld Photography©



Following her graduation from SAB, Terez danced with the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara for three years. During her time with the company, Terez danced many lead roles in productions such as NapoliLe Sylphide, and opened her eyes to a more contemporary style of ballet in Robert Battle’s Rush Hour.





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Petite Mort with Aaron Thayer
Photo: Scot Goodman Photography©

In 2008, Smuin Ballet fell in love with her fancy footwork, her risk in the works, and bright energy.  Some of Terez’s favorite Smuin Ballet performances include Jiri Kylian‘s Petit Mort, Ma Cong’s French Twist, Val Caniparolis Swipe, Helen Picketts Petal, and her leading role in Trey McIntyre’s The Naughty Boy, not to mention Michael Smuin’s Fly Me To the Moon, and Medea.


Travelling in Mexico






Terez’s hobbies and interest are as varied as her onstage ability with everything from travel to shoe design on her list of things to do. Terez caught the travel bug on her previous trips to Central America, and Italy, and is planning to visit Buenos Aires and Uruguay in January.




Mexico City


Her passion for shoes is genetic, with her father being a shoe designer, Terez feels the desire to one day follow in his footsteps and…. you guessed it, focus on comfort footwear geared towards dancers and athletes.




Catching some rays the Dean family boat!


On top of dancing professionally, travelling and designing Terez still has time to study a BA at St. Mary’s College of California – who says there’s not enough hours in the day?



** Written by Darren Anderson Smuin Ballet’s Community Relations Manager


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