photo by Jeff Cravotta

photo by Jeff Cravotta

Benjamin Westafer

Frankie Levy, Executive Director of the Georgia Dance Theatre, introduced Benjamin Westafer to ballet when he was three years old. At nine he began training with the Augusta Ballet under the direction of Ron Colton. He continued training with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, School of American Ballet, Joffrey School, and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Benjamin has danced as a soloist with International Ballet Rotaru, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Chautauqua Ballet Company, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He has had the honor of dancing soloist roles in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Nacho Duarto, and Sal Aiello. Choreographers Alonzo King, Peter Pucci, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, Graham Lustig, José Mateo, Heather Maloy, and Tom Pazik have featured him in world premiers.

Benjamin has appeared as a principal and soloist around the Southeast with companies including The Moving Poets Theatre of Dance, Georgia Dance Conservatory, Southern Ballet Theatre, and The Augusta Ballet. Benjamin served as the Department Chair of Dance for Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program in Valdosta, GA from 2004 — 2006. He now teaches at the Augusta Ballet School, Bon Ellis, Director, Columbia County Ballet, Ron Jones, Director and Dance Augusta, Zanne Colton, Director. When not teaching or dancing, Benjamin does business as Westafer Creative Services, empowering his clients with IT support, and training, website maintenance, computer purchasing, upgrades, and repairs. He also creates electronic and printed media for several clients, including Dance Augusta, Larry Pittman & Associates, SuperNutrient.com, and ScubaDoRag.com.