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Jamie Benson, proclaimed as “one of the strongest, hottest contemporary dancers of his generation" by LA critic Lewis Segal, is a New York-based dancer, choreographer and Alumnus of Cornish College of Art. Heralded as "Chaplin-like” by Backstage West, Benson garnered critical attention in LATC’s Ovation Award winning Shag with a Twist, the film Rent, McDonald's Mario Art commercial, TV series Dance360, Rudy Perez Ensemble and Sylvain Emard’s Le Grand Continental. He currently dances with Bardos Ballet Theater and RedWall Dance Theatre.

As a choreographer, Benson aims to defy performance traditions through dynamic, accessibly original, 21st Century work. Coined as “insightful and irreverent” by Ann Haskins from the LA Weekly, Benson's lowbrow-meets-highbrow choreographic work has been presented at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Highways Performance Space, the Bootleg Theater, Triskelion Arts, New York Transit Museum and Dixon Place. His work has also been featured in the New York and Los Angeles Times as well as the Phaidon Press book Wild Art. In 2013, Benson received a residency from the Joyce Theater to found the Shakedown Dance Collective for dancers of all sizes and experience levels. Jamie Benson also contributed choreography to Jesse Schoem's short film United, Fatelink Production's web series Dumbass Filmmakers, and the West Hollywood production of Mart Crowley's gay anthem play, The Boys in the Band. As a filmmaker, Benson’s short 3 Day Weekend was an official selection for the 2014 Cinedans Film Festival and his latest short First Thing will premiere in Greece as part of the Athens Video Dance Project in January of 2015. To learn more visit jamiebenson.com.

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