Hometown: Evart, Michigan
Joined OKC Ballet in 2021
Originally from Evart, Michigan Benjamin trained with Grand Valley State University and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2009, he joined Richmond Ballet as an Apprentice, where he earned the Malcolm Burn Award from the Kip Kephart Foundation.
Benjamin went on to become an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet during their European Tour performing in several principal roles, and joined Ballet Tucson in 2011 as a Principal Dancer. There he performed a range of ballets including Antony Tudor’s Continuo, Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil, Raymonda, and Carmen. He then joined Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) in 2014 where he performed principal and soloist roles in various ballets such as “Albrecht” in Giselle, “Romeo” in James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet, “Captain Hook” in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, “There Will Never Be Another You” in Paul Taylor’s Company B, the male duet in Matthew Neenan’s world premiere Until December, “Siegfried” in Cynthia Gregory’s Swan Lake, “Cheshire Cat” and “King” in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and “The Nutcracker/Nephew” and “Snow Prince” in NBT’s production of James Canfield’s The Nutcracker. During his time at NBT, he has also danced in works by George Balanchine: “Lysander” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Who Cares?, Adagio Couple in Western Symphony, and the “Hoofer” in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.
In the summers he has performed as part of the National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) in Irvine, CA, which promotes the creation and production of original work.
In 2017, he was commissioned to create a short dance film for Stolen Angels Inc. The film was designed to bring awareness to human trafficking and victims of domestic abuse and was shown at conventions internationally. His choreographic credits include a new work for NBT’s Studio Series and a full company work for their annual fundraiser, Black and White Ball. He has choreographed multiple works for NBT's collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, “A Choreographers' Showcase”. In addition, he has created works on Ballet Tucson’s school and 2nd company.
Benjamin has taught for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Spokane Youth Ballet, Ballet Tucson and NBT’s affiliated Academy