BENJAMIN RABE – Company Dancer
A native of Pittsburgh, Benjamin Rabe received his core training at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. While training he attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada School, and Miami City Ballet. Benjamin joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 where he danced many principal roles. In 2012, Benjamin joined BalletMet Columbus under the direction of James Kudelka followed by Edwaard Liang. While dancing with BalletMet, Benjamin was able to work with many world renown choreographers including James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert, David Nixon, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Devon Carney, and Victoria Morgan, and performed works by George Balanchine. Benjamin rejoined Rochester City Ballet in 2014, and has performed the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Prince in Cinderella, Raymonda, and Sleeping Beauty, Danny Rosseel’s Slightly Sinful, Nikolai Kabaniev’s Bach de Trois, Mark Diamond’s Moulin de Paris, and many leading roles in works by Jamey Leverett and David Palmer. In 2020, Benjamin and his wife, Kelly, became the ballet faculty of Foothills Dance Conservatory in Seneca, South Carolina, as well as Artist in Residence and Choreographer for Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Benjamin has choreographed both classical and contemporary works around the country, and has choreographed two works for Rochester City Ballet. Ben is excited to start this new chapter with Island Moving Company.