Skye Schmidt is a dancer and photographer hailing from Southern California. She trained in Vaganova method classical ballet at Southland Ballet Academy with Salwa Rizkalla from the age of 4 and furthered her practice at summer intensives, where she learned from incredible teachers including Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Fateev, Vladimir Malakhov, Larissa Saveliev, Tatiana Legat, and many more. Skye danced professionally with Festival Ballet Theatre from 2012-2018, where she performed principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Alice in Wonderland, and Le Corsaire, in addition to contemporary works by Josie Walsh and Andrea Schermoly. During this time she also attended UC Irvine, where she was awarded for Excellence in Dance Performance. After earning her BFA in Dance Performance, Skye signed with Go 2 Talent Agency and began freelancing in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Skye is a founding member of Lillian Barbeito’s Ballare Carmel, featured in repertoire by Jennifer Archibald, Noelle Kayser and Ihsan Rustem. She also dances in Los Angeles with Benita Bike’s DanceArt and Contempo Arts Productions. She has performed for BalletRED, Laurie Sefton Creates, MULTIPLEX Dance, and Re:borN Dance Interactive. Some of Skye’s favorite performances include: Florence + The Machine "Spectrum" music video, YAGP’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” tour, preliminary motion capture for Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and American Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Photo by Lorrin Brubaker
Photos by Amanda Delgadillo (Carmel Dance Festival, August 2022)
Photos by Lorrin Brubaker (November 2022)
Photos by Aaron Cota (November 2022)
Skye Schmidt - Dance Reel - 2023Choreography in order of appearance: WhisperingWaves by JENNIFER ARCHIBALD Wandering On by STEPHANIE MARTINEZ The Outer Gate by NOELLE KAYSER Common Ground by LYDIA MILLER & SKYE SCHMIDT Just Don’t End Up in the Pine Cone, Honey by IHSAN RUSTEM Timelapse by ANDI SCHERMOLY Misère Moroloi by MARINE DE VACHON Footage courtesy of Ballare Carmel, National Choreographers Initiative, Carmel Dance Festival, Festival Ballet Theatre, and Contempo Arts Productions Photography by Lorrin Brubaker