Who We Are


LACEY SMITH Artistic Director
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALacey Smith is the founder and artistic director of Dasein Dance Theatre and School. She completed a BFA (Hons.) in Performance Dance at Ryerson University, where she found her passion for choreography. Soon after graduation, Lacey was selected by Dance Ontario for their Creative Partnership to create her first professional work, Unframed Portraits. In 2008, she created The Gaze for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal’s First National Choreographic Competition, which premiered at L’Agora de la Danse in Montreal. Lacey has had the pleasure of interpreting works by choreographers Robert Desrosiers, Denise Fujiwara, D.A. Hoskins, Andrea Nann and Gerry Trentham. Over the past five years, Lacey has been working with Fujiwara Dance Inventions on the creation of Eunoia and with Pounds Per Square Inch Performance as an associate artist. In London, Lacey has been producing full-evening dance productions since 2007 and is the co-founder and artistic director of FLUX London Dance Festival.

RUTH DOUTHWRIGHT Associate Artistic Director


Ruth Douthwright is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher with more than 20 years experience on international stages as well as diverse community settings and schools.

Ruth is an Axis Syllabus teacher and The Body Braid Movement Educator. Based in London, Ontario, Ruth teaches workshops  both locally and internationallly and dances with Dasein Dance Theatre.