Classical Ballet / Soloist
Dana Benton was born in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada, where she began her training with Lou and Pauline Zamprogna at The Dance Centre. At the age of 9, Benton was accepted to the National Ballet School in Toronto where she trained for eight years. Throughout her years at the National Ballet School she worked with many of ballet’s greats including Peggy Baker, Johnny Eliasen, Sorella Englund, Lindsay Fischer, Deborah Hess, James Kudelka, Annette Av Paul, Denise Schultz, Mavis Staines, Sergiu Stefanschi and Veronica Tennant. Benton was also chosen to participate in a student exchange with the Hamburg Ballet School in Hamburg, Germany for their summer program. Benton graduated from the National Ballet School with Honors in Academics and was awarded the Peter Dwyer Award for Excellence in Dance. Upon graduating in 2000, Benton received a contract with the Alberta Ballet Company in Alberta, Canada. She spent one year with the company as an apprentice under the directorship of Mikko Nissinen. In 2001, Benton joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member under the directorship of Martin Fredmann. In 2007, under the directorship of Gil Boggs, Benton was promoted to Soloist. With Colorado Ballet, Benton has worked with many well-known choreographers and repetiteurs including Peter Anastos, Martin Fredmann, John Gardner, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Gregory Gonzales, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Donald Mahler, Amanda McKerrow, Michael Pink, Brian Reeder, Domy Reiter-Soffer, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Seiwert, Andrew Skeels, Paul Sutherland, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Andrew Thompson, Doug Varone, Shelly Washington, Septime Webre, Christopher Wheeldon and Lila York. Since joining Colorado Ballet, Benton has performed many Soloist and Principal roles. Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Red Girl in Celts, Diamond and Canary Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Bomb Squad in In The Upper Room, and Lead Souvenir Lady in the Great Galloping Gottschalk.
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