Tap and Jazz
Ben started his training at age four at the Janice Breen Performance Studio where he started his professional career at age seven. Ben’s early career highlights include; over 18 performances for Her Majesty the Queen, The Variety Club of Australia, The Mo Awards and endless corporate functions and conventions. Ben started teaching at age fourteen and experimented with choreography by starting a dance group tour of hotels, clubs and nightclubs.
Ben continued full time training at David Atkins Dynamite Studios which later became the renowned Brent St Studios. After extensive study across all aspects of dance, song and drama, Ben continued choreographing and dancing professionally amongst the commercial dance world. Working closely with Channel Ten, Mushroom Records, Sydney Dance Company and Grace Bros to name a few, Ben also performed at events including the Australian Fashion Industry Awards and Australian Film Awards in which Ben gained a firm knowledge and understanding of the entertainment industry.
Being offered a role in Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs at age nineteen allowed Ben to travel the world for the next six years with the Tap Dogs Company in which he became assistant choreographer at age 21. Ben was sent to and from countries abroad training the next five Tap Dogs Companies (International Editions), winning the most famous “Pegasus Award” at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Whilst on tour Ben was requested to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the National Youth Musical Society of London as a choreographer ? a major highlight in his career, as well as a side by side performance with the late “Sammy Davis Jnr”. Further highlights include a guest appearance on American sitcom “Ellen”, a stage performance at The Princes Trust Concert and television performances on the Jay Leno Show, Good Morning America, Blue Peter, The Late Late Show plus endless master classes and teaching work.
After six years of touring, Ben returned home to work as assistant choreographer on Dein Perry’s Steel City and Bootmen – the movie. It was during this time he realized his true passion for teaching and choreographing. Ben began to teach for ED5 (Elena De 5) in Sydney amongst others which led to opening an agency for dancers, creating work for dance schools. During this time Ben choreographed the launch of TVSN with Harrods – featuring special guest Countess Rain Spencer. Video Hits 1000th episode, Kyle & Jackie O’s Ground Zero, Numerous conventions, conferences and music video clips.
After performing in Grease ? The Arena Spectacular in Sydney, Ben went back to London to perform in Chicago – The Musical before moving to Queensland. Here, Craft Entertainment Studios were formed successfully for the next five years, winning numerous Eisteddfods and performing throughout Queensland. Craft’s work included televised performances for the Cerebral Palsy Association, performances for the Marriott Hotel Group, Women at Work launch at SeaWorld, Currumbin Sanctuary and the Eco Hair Design Expo.
Ben is currently enjoying his Teaching career with KOTB Performance Academy, Gold Coast. Specialising in Tap and Jazz from ages 12 onward.