About ben love
Ben Love, the founder of Ballet Soul, was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the UK as a child and grew up in Nottingham. Ben was 15 when a performance by The Dance Theatre of Harlem inspired him to begin his training in dance.
Ben made his professional debut with Dancers Anonymous at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990. He was then invited to join as a soloist with the Portuguese National Ballet, Lisbon, touring extensively in Portugal and Brazil. Ben also danced as a soloist with the London City Ballet and then with the Northern Ballet. During his time as a soloist, Ben danced many principal roles including The Rite of Spring, Scheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Raymonda.
Love's freelance work as a dancer includes participating in Sylvie Guillem's European Tour, featuring choreography by Maurice Bejart, and a Wayne Sleep Charity Gala at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. In 2003 Love danced with the Mark Morris Company at The Coliseum in a production of Nixon In China.
Love regularly works as a freelance guest teacher and choreographer in the UK and Europe, including the Studio Harmonique in Paris and The Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
‘I choreograph because dance is how I speak most vividly. I experience myself as most holistic and clearly articulated when I move.’ – Ben Love