Smith Performs At World’s Biggest Dance Event

March 22, 2023

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Bermudian actor, singer and dancer Onuri Smith recently performed at Move It, the world’s biggest dance event, at the Exhibition Centre London.

Mr Smith featured alongside fellow dancers from the prestigious Italia Conte Academy Theatre in a piece called The Key, which he said celebrated “queer love, joy and acceptance”.

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The choreographers were top dancers Lisa Rowley and Jemima Brown.

Move It, a three-day event, started in 2006 when a group of dancers came together to celebrate their love of performing on stage. Move It features dance performances from schools and universities throughout the UK.

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“It was an amazing, uplifting experience,” Mr Smith told Bernews. “Move It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the work of universities in the UK. It was great to perform on the main stage in front of hundreds of people.

“Dance is a place of diversity where people can come together in a safe space. That’s what it’s always been about for me.”

The 19-year-old, who had to audition for The Key, appeared in a short musical, Colour and Light, which celebrated the life of American composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, at the King’s Theatre in Portsmouth in October last year.

A former student at the Motion School of Dance in Hamilton, Mr Smith is the founder of Inclusion Bermuda – a non-profit organisation empowering and inspiring the island’s LGBTQ+ youth.

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