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About Anna

Anna Lauren Benton is a dancer, aspiring artist, future arts administrator, and creative type born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She now lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she studies at the University of Kentucky. She is passionate about arts advocacy, access to arts education, and creative movement for all; she is exploring these passions through a dual degree in Dance and Arts Administration with a certificate in Diversity and Inclusivity Awareness. 

 

From 2008-2021, she studied at the Louisville Ballet School, where she trained primarily in ballet, and secondarily in modern and jazz. From 2014-2021, she was heavily involved in both the school’s pre-professional division and its performing arm, the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble. In 2019, she attended the Kentucky Governor’s School for the arts, which expanded her perception of the arts and dedicated her life to advocating for them. From 2019-2021, she was an Emerging Choreographer for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble. Her debut work, “A Captivating Future,” was adjudicated and selected to be shown at Regional Dance America’s Southeast conference (RDA Southeast). She attended and danced at the RDA Southeast Conference in Raleigh NC, Phoenix AZ, Montgomery AL, and Athens GA. Her summer training includes the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, the Next Generation Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. 

After arriving at the University of Kentucky, Anna’s movement vocabulary had completely shifted. She chose UK because of their focus on somatic practices, dance history and research, and modern dance. She sought to move and create in a way that was against the grain, breaking the mold of her classical training. Out of 13 other applicants, she was selected to choreograph a work to represent UK at the American College Dance Association’s 2023 conference in Sweet Briar, VA. This work, “My Head Lies” premiered at Rooted Forces, which is the UK Dance Department’s annual faculty dance concert.

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