BENJAMIN OBST

Supported by Wesfarmers

 

Born and raised in Adelaide, Benjamin began dancing at age 12 with a background in AFL, tennis, musicals, guitar and classical singing. He found his true passion for dance at 16 when he began full time dance at Elayne Cherry Dance Studio. In 2010, Benjamin continued his studies at New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 2013. Notably, while training at NZSD he was invited on scholarship to Canada National Ballet School and included in every graduation season. While there, he performed a wide range of ballet’s including lead roles in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasies, Paul Taylor’s Company B and roles in Parish Maynard’s Fractals, Jo Funaki’s Rise and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Solitaire. Benjamin then moved to Queensland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Programme and performed such repertoire as Corps de Ballet in Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet alongside idols Carlos Acosta, Daniel Gaudiello, Steven McRae, Tamara Rojo and Matthew Lawrence. He also performed the Chinese and Spanish dances and Corps de Ballet in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and Flower Festival at Genzano grand pas de deux in his graduation performance.

 

Outside of ballet his passions include music, food, sports, art, family, friends, comedy, travel and technology. By producing, creating, DJ-ing, singing, guitar, piano and playing many types of games, he constantly finds new ways to keep himself balanced in life. Benjamin constantly strives for improvement in everything, whether it be physically or mentally, and to be truly happy, balanced, sharing and as loving as possible.

 

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