Naomi Smith TCRG
Naomi began her dancing career at the young age of five, after begging for a pair of dance shoes. With an Irish legacy of four generations of Irish dancers, her family roots are in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Graffy, Co. Mayo, and Castleisland, Co. Kerry. If visiting Co. Kerry, make sure to stop in at the family-run restaurant The Good Table of Castleisland, a local favorite and best Irish Breakfast in town.
As a top-level competitive soloist and team dancer, she qualified and competed several times at the Western U.S. Regional Championships, North American Championships, and World Championships. In 2016, she captained the first choreography team to represent Utah at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Enjoying the culture and tradition of Irish Dance for 26 years, she performed on thousands of stages across Utah, the United States, and internationally.
She began assistant teaching in 1996 with Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers, a performance-centered group. At the age of 15, Naomi founded the prize-winning Crinna Hill Irish Dancers and Band. She performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, with the Trinity Irish Dancers of Chicago, with the Eileen Ivers Band featuring Tarik Winston, with Ballet Utah, and for corporate and private events with a tour in Ireland.
As a musician, she shared the stage and worked with several local and well-known leading artists from across the nation. Naomi composed music and lyrics for her band, and as vocalist and keyboardist, created a full-length album “Worlds of Ice” before signing a recording contract with River Ranch Records in 2005.
In addition to Irish Dancing, she was classically trained in Ballet with the reputable Jacqueline School of Ballet, performing in multiple casts at BYU and UVU, including her favorites “The Nutcracker,” “La Coquette,” and “Hansel and Gretel.” She also studied with Encore Dance Academy learning Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap.
She is the proud mother of Dallen and Rorey who are both World Placing Champion Irish dancers. She is currently pursuing her BS Marketing degree at BYU with a Cultural Dance Minor, and Social Media Marketing Certificate. Her hobbies consist of her successful design and photography portfolio, exploring the vast beauty of the world outdoors, and spending time with her family.
With over three decades of history with the Irish community in Utah, Naomi brings a refined experience and competence in both the performing arts and the world of competitive Irish Dance. Naomi certified in Ennis, Ireland, in 2018 and is a registered member of An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha, the IDTANA Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, Western U.S. Region, and the National Folk Organization.