Benois de la Danse nominee
In 1998 — graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Since 1998 — the soloist of Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre (St. Petersburg). During the work at the Theatre has performed the following parts: Boy (Pinocchio), Youth (Requiem), Tchaikovsky ( Tchaikovsky), Don Quixote (Don Quixote or Fantasies of a Madman), Ivan (The Karamazovs), Partner (Red Giselle), Heir (Russian Hamlet), Don Juan, Molier (Don Juan and Moliere), Alex (Who is Who), Partner (Musagete), Vronsky (Anna eagull).
In February 2009 Yuri Smekalov as a soloist, was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre's Ballet. In the same year he has become a laureate of the XI International Moscow Competition of dancers and choreographers in nomination “Choreography” (First Prize).