Born in Scotland, Raymond Smith began his dance training at the age of 11 in London, Ontario. He was admitted to Canada's National Ballet School two years later, where he completed the rest of his training. In 1975, Raymond joined the National Ballet of Canada and was promoted to principal dancer in 1980. Across his 20-year career with the National Ballet of Canada, Raymond danced the lead roles in such ballets as Giselle, La Sylphide and Napoli, and was a guest artist with the English National Ballet, the Scottish Ballet, the London Festival Ballet, and other companies throughout Canada and the United States. In 2004, Raymond joined the artistic staff at NBS, where he currently teaches ballet and is a senior student advisor.