“I think one of the most important things that I can do as a dancer is to create and be involved in spaces that allow each and every person to feel accepted, heard, and seen. I aim to use dance as a form of not only self-expression, but as a vehicle to provoke thought and decisive change within my surroundings.”
Benjamin Peralta is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and first started dancing at the age of four, where he quickly found a love and passion for the artform. He first began his training at Dansations Performing Arts Center under the instruction of Kim McDonough. Peralta also trained at both Florida Ballet and Orlando Ballet during their annual summer intensives. He later attended high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major and trained at Britney Boyd Dance Company as a competitive dancer. At both Douglas Anderson and Britney Boyd Dance Company, Peralta furthered his pursuits in ballet, modern (Horton, Limon, and Cunningham), contemporary, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and various other cultural dance practices. While in high school, Peralta was invited to tour with a dance convention called DanceMakers where he trained and assisted under the instruction of Kathryn McCormick, Robert Roldan, Erica Sobol, Keith Clifton, Dejan Tubic, Tommy Alexander, and many more. Peralta is currently attending the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles where he is working towards a BFA in Dance. Here, he trains with artists such as William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, Thomas McManus, Patrick Corbin, Bruce McCormick, Bret Easterling, just to name a few. He has performed various works most recently including “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” and “The Second Detail” by William Forsythe, “Symphony of Psalms” by Jiri Kylian, “Esplanade” by Paul Taylor.