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Performer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - East St. Louis Performing Arts Center

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - East St. Louis Performing Arts Center

Background Information

Employment History

Dancer
The Lion King

Original Broadway Cast Member
The Lion King

Dancers

Web References (9 Total References)


AndreaSmythe

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Andrea has a family of performers: her son Ashi Smythe was a featured dancer with the New York Broadway production of The Lion King and her daughter, Samoria is a former performer with the youth company at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - East St. Louis Performing Arts Center.


Andrea has a family of performers: ...

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Andrea has a family of performers: her son Ashi Smythe is a featured dancer with the current New York Broadway production of The Lion King and her daughter, Samoria performs with the youth company at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - East St. Louis Performing Arts Center.


City Studio Dance Instructors

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Ashi Smythe: Performer/Teacher/ Choreographer. Ashi began performing at the age of five at the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts in East St. Louis. He has performed with Missour State Ballet, Senegelese and Guinea Ballet and MC Hammer. He was a principal with Chuck Davis (African American Dance Ensemble). He also was an original Broadway cast member of The Lion King.


Ashi K. ...

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Ashi K. Smythe Ensemble Dancer


EPCN News: Bushkill pair's dancing roars like a lion

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Dancers Ashi K. Smythe and Lindiwe Dlamini, now a married Bushkill couple, met touring with Disney's "Lion King."

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Ashi K. Smythe grew up in the heartland of America, denying that he was a dancer in spite of the fact that his mother as well as several relatives were involved in the art of movement.
The native Chicagoan focused on baseball, track and gymnastics, yet he eventually proved out his dance legacy by way of a prestigious scholarship and tour with M.C. Hammer.
The now husband-wife performing arts duo met as members of the original cast of Disney's "The Lion King."They moved to the Poconos two years ago to raise their children where grass grew and deer roamed.
Dlamini has stayed with the grueling commuter and staging schedule of a Broadway hit show, but Smythe opted to leave for other projects, particularly teaching.
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When Smythe was still with the show, he arrived nearly two hours early to warm up for all the tumbling he was expected to execute.Plus, he had about 16 costume changes, morphing into a trickster, giraffe, dancing hyena, and of course, grass."The show is really back stage," he said, grinning.
The couple were part of the show since the beginning, having been in the premiere in Minneapolis the summer before the musical was staged in New York.
"Our choreography wasn't finished until we opened on Broadway," Smythe said.
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"When you've been a performer, you don't feel, 'Wow, I'm on Broadway.' It's another job, performance," Smythe said."It's fun until it becomes a job, and that's when they switch shows."
But even so, both agreed that the audience's reaction feeds their drive to entertain.
"I started dancing when I was 5," Smythe said.
He attended dance rehearsals with his mother and soon mimicked what he saw on the dance floor.
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"I picked up on it easily," said Smythe, whose muscular dancer's body is evident under a stylish white T-shirt-and-jeans combination."On stage, I'm one person, and off I'm totally different.It's kind of an energy.It has to come from your heart.If you don't feel it, you don't have it."
But as a teen, Smythe, who is also the son of a construction worker, denied being a hoofer.He enrolled in college to study economics, yet he earned a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York City.His mother finally convinced him that he was in New York because he was a dancer, not a college student.
He was soon under contract for a tour with M.C. Hammer, so he left school and the scholarship behind and has been working ever since.
"I like the choreography.If I like the choreography, I can do it forever.It can be grueling, but once it's finished and you see it come together, it's really nice," said Smythe, who can will his feet to perform ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip hop.
"I grew up doing everything," he said.
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Another partner not in the business wouldn't like that, but she understands," Smythe said.
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It's hard if you don't take care of yourself, be with the right person and have family support," Smythe said.
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Smythe teaches jazz, tap and hip hop for those aged pre-teen to adult at the School of Visual and Performing Arts in Stroudsburg.
"I like seeing where they started and where they will end up," he said.

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