DIRECTOR

Benjamin Houk

Benjamin began his career in New York with Joffrey II and later joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet where he performed as one of their most beloved principal dancers for thirteen years. Adept at both contemporary and classical works, he performed in a wide range of roles by Ashton, Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Duato, Limon, Anne Reinking, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, and Tudor, among others. As Artistic Director, Mr. Houk led the Nashville Ballet (1996-98), and Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (1998-2001) where his dynamic leadership and programming helped earn the company’s first and only invitation to perform in NYC at the Joyce Theater. Thoroughly experienced in Arts in Education programs, Ben served as a guest lecturer for Vanderbilt University, Microsoft, The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration, and a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts during the Clinton administration. Houk has shared performances with many famous dancers including Nureyev, William Forsythe, Maxine Andrews, Gregory Hines, and Fayard Nicholas. As a choreographer, Mr. Houk has enjoyed popular and critical success on three continents for many works including Nutcracker and Open Water, as well as for opera, musical theater, flash mobs, TV commercials and TV, including PBS’ “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Ben has taught extensively as a master teacher at ballet and modern dance companies, schools, and universities.