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Dana Smith Shows
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Here's what some say of Dana's performances:

Wanted to say thanks for a wonderful program...

—Darlene Westcott
Chino Valley Public Library, Chino Valley, AZ


Dana Smith puts on an entertaining show. The kids were engaged from beginning to end. He even stayed after the show for a few minutes to talk with the children and take pictures. I especially like that he encouraged the kids to be involved with our reading program. I would definitely have him at our library again!

—Charlotte Skousen
Larson Memorial Public Library, Lakeside, AZ


The true measure of a performer is the audience response. The Manor Branch Library audience loved Dana! They were laughing and smiling as he juggled and joked. Their enthusiasm built steadily throughout the show, especially as he involved several of the kids. Dana makes the kids the stars of the show and works with them in such a delightfully supportive and entertaining way! Hire Dana -- your audience will thank you!

—Bill Sherwood, Branch Manager
Manor Library, San Leandro, CA


This is the fifth year that The Golden Finkel has been presented and with great pleasure it was awarded to Dana Smith in 2001. As Dana got on stage to receive his award I got the feeling that it was like he had won an Academy Award and an Olympic Gold Medal all rolled into one. The plain and simple truth of it all is that this man loves his work, loves the people he works with, and in his own way represents the best of what a street act can be.

—Shelley Switzer, Artistic Producer
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival


Just a quick note to remind event producers that Dana is a huge resource for event programming, logistics and audience ideas. He travels and performs ALL THE TIME, so his observations are always current (unlike us, trying to remember which day, and where that particular show was). He is MUCH MORE than a good vaudevillian, and anyone not asking him what he thinks about their festival or event is wasting an opportunity to gain valuable insights!

—Steven D Remington, CFE Executive Director
University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival


Dana was incredible! He instantly assessed our little library and tailored his act to fit in the small space. But his performance was in no way diminished! We love how much he involved so many children, even just making eye contact and talking to them through the act, making them all feel special. Our library was packed to capacity, all circulation ceased because everyone was entranced. . The caliber of his show is top rate and we hope to be lucky enough to have him back again. Thanks!!

—Adriane Holguin
Kern River Valley LIbrary


What a phenomenal performance!! Dana thrilled a standing room only audience of 161 with their juggling, singing, acrobatics, jokes and good humor. The parents and kids all had a great time, especially the kids who got to help Dana in his show. Thank you very much to the Friends for bringing such a great program to the libraries this summer!!

—Washoe Public Library, Reno, Nevada


I met Dana at an IFEA conference and he was the first "busker" I thought of when we expanded the entertainment line-up at our annual Glendale Glitter & Glow festival in 2000. He's been the "busker headliner" ever since (our Mayor suggested we consider moving him to the main stage).

—Vern Biaett, CFE
City of Glendale, AZ Special Events


Thank You for great shows. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very pleased. You are a good entertainer, funny, fast and full of surprises.

—Judy Savage, Children Services
Goleta Public Library, Santa Barbara County Library System


Your high quality stage show drew great crowds and your flexibility in serving as an emcee make you a great asset for any fair. We definitely look forward to having you back again next year

—Brett Chance
Entertainment Director, Ohio State Fair