Brian Bender began his career as a professional dancer in 1978. He has performed in over 20 countries. He has
been a soloist, principal dancer and guest artist in residence with The Banff Centre of Fine Arts, The Alberta
Ballet, Colorado Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada.
His performance experience includes principal and soloist roles in most of the standard classical ballets from Swan
Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Les Sylphide, Don Q, Le Corsair, Raymonda, Coppelia, La Fille Mal
Gardee, Napoli, La Ventana, William Tell, Konservatoriet, to new classics like Rodeo, Romeo & Juliet, Facade,
Agon, Western Symphony, Allegro Brillante, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Saranade, Eugene Onegin, Pinapple Poll,
Cranko's Nutcracker, Gaîté Parisienne, Léonide Massine and the works of choreographers - Aston, Balanchine,
Bejart, Cranko, Christe, de Mille, Ek, Jooss, Kylian, van Manen, Whelan.
Brian Bender's pedagogic approach reflects extensive experience in the training principles of The Bournonville
Technique, Vaganova Method, The Royal Academy of Dancing, and Method of the Paris Opera Ballet. His
personal, private coaching influences have been Agnes de Mille, Reid Anderson, Sir Anton Dolin, Laura Alonso,
Marcia Haydee, Alexander Grant, Kirsten Ralov, Annette Armond.
As the former Owner and instructor of The Dancer's Advantage since 2001, Brian Bender enjoyed and enjoys
again passing on the traditions of classical ballet to a new generation of dancers. Special emphasis is placed and
a balanced approach to the art of professional development of pre-professional dancers as they transition into
company contracted life on stage.
My coaching/instruction now focus fully on:
Professional and Artistic approach.
Strong focus on Wellness
Professional Training of Multi-Disciplinary Dancers
Coaching the art of acting for dancers that reflects my 35 years of professional ballet dance and instruction
Self growth, Physical Health and professional focus.
My goal is to provide the best possible dance instruction available for all levels with an emphasis on wellness for all
My greatest reward is in watching dancers prepare for a career in dance and in helping them feel more confident
about themselves as healthy dancers and people.
Interested studios, students and parents are welcome to contact me at email@example.com
to arrange coaching and instruction.
I offer individual goal counseling that can be arranged by appointment.