Dana Benton is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and joined Colorado Ballet in 2001. She is currently a Soloist at Colorado Ballet. She trained at The National Ballet School in Toronto and the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. She was awarded the Peter Dwyer Scholarship for Excellence in Dance in 2000. Her many roles over the years have included Belle in Beauty and The Beast, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Swanilda in Coppelia, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara in The Nutcracker, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Bomb Squad in The Upper Room and Lead Souvenir Lady in The Great Galloping Gottschalk. Ms. Benton has been teaching for the Colorado Ballet Academy for several years.