Richard Smith is the Owner and Director of 360° Dance Festival and the Artistic Director of Inaside Chicago Dance. Smith was on the faculty at Gus Giordano Dance School for six years and the Joel Hall Dancers and Center for three years. He has been affiliated with internationally touring Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He attended East Carolina University, in North Carolina, where he worked on a BFA in Dance Performance. The university allowed him to work with Mia Michaels, Mark Dendy, Katiti King, Frank Chaves, Alan Arnett and Tomi Overcash-Galaska.