Dana Benton is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and joined Colorado Ballet in 2001. She is currently a Principal with Colorado Ballet. Dana 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 notable roles include The Sylph in La Sylphide, Alice in ALICE (in Wonderland), Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Sugar Plum and Clara in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Red Girl in Celts, Lucy in Dracula, Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Bomb Squad in In The Upper Room, Lead Souvenir Lady in the Great Galloping Gottschalk, The Muse in Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), The Angel in Lorita Travaglia's The Angel of Buenos Aires and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’sTraveling Alone. In 2015, Dana was one of Pointe Magazine's top 12 "Stand Out Performances" of the year for her performance with Amy Seiwert's Imagery in Traveling Alone. This is Dana's 16th season with the company and has enjoyed teaching for the academy for several years
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