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Corps de Ballet

Sean Bennett

Sean Bennett

Biography

  • Born

    San Francisco, California

  • Training

    American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
    San Francisco Ballet School
    San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program

  • Company Membership

    Named an apprentice in 2011
    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2012

Sean Bennett has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Mice, Spanish, Arabian, and Russian), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), The Sleeping Beauty (Suitors and Puss in Boots), Swan Lake (Von Rothbart), and Caprice (soloist); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Toreadors); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (The Stranger in “Lady from the Sea”); Page’s Guide to Strange Places (soloist couple); Possokhov’s RAkU (Warriors), and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates). He created roles in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean, Lopez Ochoa’s Guernica, Pita’s Salome, Possokhov’s Optimistic Tragedy, and Thatcher’s Otherness.

His repertory includes Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1st and 4th movements), Coppélia (Villagers and War and Discord corps), Diamonds, The Four Temperaments, Prodigal Son, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations; Cranko’s Onegin; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Morris’ Beaux and Maelstrom; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Hungarian); Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Possokhov’s Firebird, Magrittomania, The Rite of Spring, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ The Cage (1st Intruder), Fancy Free (Bartender), and Glass Pieces; Scarlett’s Hummingbird and Frankenstein; Tomasson’s Criss-Cross, Giselle, Prism, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Within the Golden Hour.

Sean danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Capulet Men) in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

Q&A

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

When my family and friends come to watch me.

If I weren’t a dancer I’d be…

A black belt in karate.

What’s your perfect day?

Eating ramen noodles and sitting at a bonfire with a dog, after a long day of adventures and hiking.