Janet Smith is a dance writer and arts editor for The Georgia Straight, Vancouver’s weekly urban newspaper, and has been covering the arts on the West Coast for more than twenty years. Her first taste of dance came at five years old in a small ballet studio in Kitchener, Ont. She later graduated from Carleton University with a specialty in arts reporting — a novelty in Ottawa where training for political and business reporting was the focus. These days she stays busy seeing, sometimes, three dance shows a week in Vancouver’s thriving arts and festival scene. She is also a travel addict, often leaving her East Vancouver heritage house for treks with her husband and two boys.