Bobbi Jene Smith was born in Centerville, Iowa, and lives in New York City. From 2005-2014, she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Since 2014, she has worked in Punchdrunk's production of Sleep No More as well as Dido and Aeneas and Orphic Moment, choreographed by Zack Winokur. She is an alumnus of Juilliard, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography and solo work has been presented by the Batsheva Dance Company, PS122, the Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, the Wild Project, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, the CCA, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, N.Y.U., and Juilliard.
Smith is the subject of the documentary directed by Elvira Lind which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. Her film and video work include Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland; MA, directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall; and Yossi, directed by Eytan Fox. She is a certified Gaga technique teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the world.