Benji Knapper

Contemporary & Floorwork

Classes

Minimum age: 16

Thursday: Contemporary & Floorwork

  • Level: General
  • Time: 18:00 – 19:00
  • Fee: £12

Biography

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Benji began training at the Elizabeth Hill School of Dance before moving to London to train at Rambert School. After graduating with a 1st class honours degree, Benji became a dancer with BalletBoyz in 2018. During their early time with BalletBoyz, Benji has toured nationally and internationally, performing works by Ivan Perez, Maxine Doyle, Xie Xin, Christopher Wheeldon, Pontus Lindberg and Russel Maliphant. During their later time Benji has worked with Holly Blakey, Vidya Patel, Edd Arnold, Thick & Tight and Shelley Maxwell.

As a freelance artist, Benji has performed with Staatsoper Unter Den Linden under the direction of Aletta Collins, James Cousins Company, Shaper Caper and danced in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Class Description

Benji’s class draws upon elements of release technique and Cunnigham to warm the body up at the start of class. Finding moments of activation and release, to work efficiently by shredding the body of unnecessary tension to create heat and flow. This then is applied to floor work, finding ways we can lose tension to create a softness in moving in and around the floor to start to build a safe speed in sequences. The class works of the principles of pace, consideration and flow to find great physicality in phrases/form and the ability to cut/shift through space in virtuosic movement.