Head of Ballet
Ben trained at Doreen Bird College of performing Arts under the direction of Doreen Bird. On graduating Ben began working with guest choreographers such as William Kemp, Chris Hampson & Wayne Sleep during World of Classical Ballet, performing various repertoires from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Flower Fair. Ben moved to Germany to dance with Theatre Der Stadt, Koblenz dancing in Swan Lake. On returning to the UK Ben danced in a Gala Performance celebrating Wayne Sleeps 50th
birthday at Her Majesty’s Theatre London, dancing with guest artists Michael Nunn, Irek Mukhamedov, Agnes Oakes and Thomas Edur. Since graduating Ben has worked in varied areas of Theatre. Most recently Ben has been Choreographer and assistant director on Charlotte’s Web (Derby Playhouse) and as a dancer on the feature film ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ (Pinewood Studios)
Choreographic credits include numerous productions of Cinderella and Peter Pan, Ruthless (Stratford circus) Dial M For Martini (Warehouse Croydon) Children of Eden (Manchester) Once On This Island (Finsbury Town Hall)
His theatre credits include Swing/Dance Captain, The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) Ha’Penny Bridge (Dublin) Beautiful And Damned (Lyric, Shaftsbury Avenue) Swing and 2nd cover Munkustrap, Cats U.K. Tour, Ted Vanderpool in Babes In Arms (Cardiff New Theatre, for the international music festival. My One And Only (Chichester Festival Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre, London) Dance Captain Magic of The Musicals (U.K. Tour) Dance Captain Jane McDonald Summer Spectacular (B.I.C. Bournemouth) Principal Dancer Lido La Tournee (European Tour). Ben has also performed in numerous Pantomime Seasons including five seasons as Dance Captain on Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, starring Lilly Savage.
Television credits include; The Generation Game (supporting Bonnie Langford) The Brit Awards 1999 (for Robbie Williams) The Man Who Knew Too Little, starring Bill Murray (film) La Passione starring Shirley Bassey (film) Wayne Sleep’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Channel 4) and The Late, Late Show (Dublin)
Ben is a freelance teacher and has taught at Bird College and London Studio Centre, as well as internationally, teaching Classical ballet, Pas De Deux and Jazz and is an examiner for the I.S.T.D Imperial Ballet Branch. Ben has had the pleasure of adjudicating and teaching at the Imperial Classical Ballet Awards and adjudicating the Janet Cram Awards.