Benjamin Berry is a professional teaching artist and performer who specializes in Modern Hoop Dance and Circus Arts. His programs blend creative dance and prop-based circus arts into a truly unique experience that is accessible, eclectic, and empowering. His mission is to spread the physical, emotional, and social benefits of creative movement to people of all ages and levels of ability.
Benjamin began his movement journey when he first picked up a hoop in 2013. Almost immediately, he felt more expressive, mindful, and self-confident. Eager to share these gifts with others, he became certified to teach Hoop Dance by the company Hoopnotica, and began teaching in 2014. Since then, he has hosted workshops in over 50 cities across the country and gained recognition with the international hoop dance community by participating in the contests Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe. These ventures ultimately earned him Hooping.org's Male Hooper of the Year award, as well as nominations for Instructor, Tutorial, and Video of the Year in 2016.
In 2019, he further enriched his teaching by receiving training in Holistic Circus Therapy, which utilizes occupational therapy principles to build physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities, as well as Brain-Compatible Dance Education through the Creative Dance Center. Both of these trainings have provided a foundation for Benjamin’s pedagogy. In 2019, Benjamin was invited to serve as the Guest Choreographer for Nichols School’s annual Choreographer’s Showcase, setting two Contemporary Hoop Dance pieces.