He began his performing career at 19 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Canada and also danced for Ballet Basel in Switzerland. During this period he toured China, Australia, the United States, France, Germany, Hungary and Canada. As a performer, his credits include such pieces as: Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and works or creations by Balanchine (Apollo, Theme and Variations...), as well as works from such esteemed choreographers as Nacho Duato, Jiri Killian, Catherine Habasque, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs, Richard Wherlock, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Ashley Page, Septime Webre, Robert North, Douglas Becker, Kevin O’Day to name just a few.
During his time with Ballet Basel, Benoit developed a taste for choreography and seized opportunities to choreograph for the company.
After suffering an injury that cut his stage career short, and after a gruelling recovery, Benoit pivoted his focus and established himself in the UK as a freelance dance artist. Here he specialized in performing, teaching, choreographing and restaging works for companies and institutions such as the C.A.T (Centre for Advanced Training) national scheme, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, The Royal Ballet School's Associates and Partnership and Access, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.
Benoit completed his French teaching qualification in classical ballet, the Diplôme d'Etat de Professeur de Danse in 2001. In 2013, he moved to Scotland, with responsibility for Classical training across the country. In 2016 he also gained his TQFE delivered by the University of Aberdeen. He also is participating in judging and/or teaching masterclasses for Scottish Youth Ballet Grand Prix and Scottish Youth Ballet Company.
Wear comfortable clothing, nothing too baggy, as your teacher needs to be able to see your posture, and wear soft ballet shoes. You are not required to have dance uniform of leotard and tights, but you are welcome to wear them, if you wish.
Don’t forget your bottle of water.
As we move into the colder months of our changeable Scottish weather, please wear layers to the class to keep sufficiently warm during, as we are still continuing to ensure ventilation in our studios.