Dana Benton

Dana Benton was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the age of 9, she was accepted to the National Ballet School in Toronto where she trained for eight years. Dana 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, Dana received a contract with Alberta Ballet Company in Canada. She spent one year with the Company as an Apprentice. In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet and she has performed many soloist and principal roles with the Company.

Hometown:
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dance training and awards:
Lou and Pauline Zamprogna at The Dance Centre
National Ballet School in Toronto, graduated with Honors in Academics in 2000, received the Peter Dwyer Award for Excellence in Dance
Hamburg Ballet School in Hamburg, Germany

Joined Colorado Ballet:
2001

Promotions:
Promoted to Soloist 2007
Promoted to Principal 2014

Selected roles and ballets:
Odette/Odile and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake
The Sylph in La Sylphide
Alice in ALICE (in Wonderland)
Belle in Beauty and the Beast
Swanilda in Coppélia
4th pas de deux in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort
Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade
Cow Girl in Rodeo
Ave Maria
Pas de Deux
Sugar Plum and 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
Lucy in Dracula
Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty
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
Lead Souvenir Lady in the Great Galloping Gottschalk
The Muse in Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb)
The Angel in Lorita Travaglia's The Angel of Buenos Aires
*Featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone
Has also worked with well-known choreographers and repetiteurs including Val Caniparoli, Bronwen Curry, Karina Elver, Judith Fugate, John Gardner, Thierry Michel, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Donald Mahler, Amanda McKerrow, Luiz Ortiz, Janie Parker, Michael Pink, Viki Psihoyos, Brian Reeder, Domy Reiter-Soffer, Dwight Rhoden, Roman Rykine, Amy Seiwert, James Sofranko, Ben Stevenson, Paul Sutherland, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Doug Varone, Dominic Walsh, Shelly Washington, Septime Webre, Christopher Wheeldon, Lila York, and Stefan Zeromski.

More about Dana:
In 2015, Pointe Magazine named Dana as one of the top 12 "Standout Performances" of the year for her performance of Traveling Alone with Amy Seiwert's Imagery.

Photos: Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez in Petite Mort by Mike Watson, Dana Benton in The Nutcracker, Dana Benton and Yosvani Ramos in and ALICE (in wonderland) by Mike Watson

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