Professional dancer, choreographer, designer and entrepreneur Benjamin Briones is a graduate of The National School of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The Royal Academy of Dancing in Mexico City. His eclectic educational background includes training in Cuban and Royal Ballet styles, as well as study of Graham, Cunningham, Limon and Francis modern dance styles. Currently, he receives coaching in classical ballet technique from Nancy Bielski and David Howard.
Benjamin moved from Mexico to USA in 1995 to dance first with Ballet El Paso, then with Ballet Austin. As a soloist, he has appeared with many companies, among them Ballet El Paso, Ballet Austin, Connecticut Ballet, Mid Ohio Ballet, Ballet Theater of Annapolis, Granite State Ballet, Southern New Hampshire Ballet, New Haven Ballet, Staten Island Ballet and River Ballet. Among the roles he has danced are the Cavalier and the Snow King in The Nutcracker, Basilio in Don Quixote, Ali in Le Corsaire, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula. He has also appeared as a principal dancer in numerous Contemporary pieces, including "No Exit" and "Huapango."
After dancing with the Staten Island Ballet for several seasons, Benjamin was appointed the company's Ballet Master in 2006, a post he held through 2009. During that time, he also began his choreographic career, serving as the Resident Choreographer for both the Staten Island Ballet and, beginning in 2007, Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York). In 2010, his numerous choreographic endeavors culminated in the created Benjamin Briones Ballet.
Since 2006, Benjamin's commissioned works have been performed at such venues as
Dance Festival Italy, the Latin Choreographers Festival (New York, 2008-2011), the New York International Choreographers Festival (2006-2009), International Dance Festival, Hudson Dance Festival (New York), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Blue Muse (New York) and at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico).
Co-owner and co-founder of UBCostumesDancewear.com, an online dancewear store, Benjamin has been designing and constructing both stock and personalized costumes and dancewear for the past 16 years.