Benjamin started dancing in 2009 after studying, practicing and performing music during most of his life. – ”I remember seeing a clip 8 years ago of Bobby Newberry doing his Toy Soldier choreography with Blake McGrath and it got me like ”I want to be a dancer”. 8 years later and it still gets me like…” Benjamin began dancing at Folkuniversitetet in Linköping and went to Lunnevads Folkhögskola between 2010-2011 for a one year vocational dance education. After continued practice, teaching and performing he decided to audition for the Diambra Dance Education. He got in and moved to Stockholm for the one year education between 2013-2014. After graduating at Diambra Benjamin has for instance done 117 shows including a Sweden tour with the ALCAZAR Disco Defenders show. He also worked in productions as Idol, Eurovision Song Contest and during fall 2016 as a dancer/singer for Occasion and Diambra CAM doing 65 dinner shows during the launch of the new SCANIA truck.
1. What is the main focus on your classes?
I work a lot with musicality, precision together with fun, fierce, characterizing choreographies. Sometimes I put in theatrical exercises to find different ways to show and express different emotions depending on choreography and music. No prestige, rather a challenge to find freedom to express and be who you are full out.
2. Which qualities do you think are important for a dancer?
I get madly inspired by dancers who can capture a moment, movement or a feeling, express it and make it their own. We tend to often express what we think we want to show or what we think the audience wants to see instead of expressing that feeling as ourselves in that certain moment. Makes total sense to me, haha.
3. What makes your style unique?
I think my own personal way of using the musicality and expressions to the music makes my class experience special for the people who attend. We are all unique. That’s what I want everyone to feel when they dance my choreographies. I respect style history and I get my influences from a lot of styles but between all of that there’s simply a whole lot of Benjamin and at the end of the day, that’s what makes my style unique.
4. What inspires you?
When I choreograph I like to go for a theme, a scenario or a feeling. I get most of my inspiration from the music I listen to but obviously different movies, series etc. since my classes and choreographies tends to get a bit theatrical and dramatic sometimes.