A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benjamin Rabe received his core training from Westmorland Ballet and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School with private training from Nicolas Petrov, the founding Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While training he attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, The National Ballet of Canada School in Toronto and Miami City Ballet, all on full scholarship. Following graduation, Mr. Rabe joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 where he danced featured roles in The Nutcracker, Edward Ellison’s Carmen, Waltz Boy in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and the featured soloist in Jamey Leverett’s Gershwin Preludes and 4Play.
In 2012, Mr. Rabe joined BalletMet Columbus under the direction of Interim Director James Kudelka followed by Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. While dancing with BalletMet, Mr. Rabe was able to work with many world renown choreographers including James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert, David Nixon, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Devon Carney, and Victoria Morgan. He enjoyed dancing a large range of work including Swan Lake, Symphony in C by George Balanchine, Napoli by August Bournonville, Romeo and Juliet by David Nixon, James Kudelka’s Rite of Spring, Man in Black and Four Seasons, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s 18+1 and Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland.
During his time at BalletMet, Mr. Rabe returned to RCB as a guest artist to perform Jamey Leverett’s Lumavoce, as the Jester in Cinderella and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out Festival.
Mr. Rabe rejoined Rochester City Ballet in 2014 and since then has performed the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and featured roles in Danny Rosseel’s Slightly Sinful and Nikolai Kabaniev’s Bach de Trois. Mr. Rabe has performed many leading roles in David Palmer’s ballet’s including Adiemus, Under the Moonlight, Mist, Follow the Rose, Summer of Loveand 52nd Street.
In addition to his work with BalletMet and RCB, Mr. Rabe continues to perform around the country as a guest artist. In 2011 he was invited to compete in the Boston International Ballet Competition, in 2015 he participated in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH 10, and in 2017 Mr. Rabe, along with fellow RCB dancer Francesca Genovese, envisioned and began a collaborative choreographic project called Booze & Ballet. Mr. Rabe would like to thank his family and friends for all their support and guidance as he moves through a career in moving art.
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