Fred Benjamin


Fred Benjamin was an American dancer and choreographer. He started studying dance at age 4 with Elma Lewis in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1962, when Benjamin was 18, he moved to New York City. He got his first job in 1963 with the Tally Beatty Dance Company. He danced with the company for three years. Beatty remained an important mentor and inspiration for Benjamin. 

After his departure from the company, Benjamin performed on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" and "Hello Dolly" and with the June Taylor Dancers. He formed his own company in 1968 and, over the years, became associated with several black dance programs. His dancers regularly participated in the Harlem Cultural Council's Dancemobile Program. Benjamin also worked extensively as a teacher and a performer at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts at the West Side YWCA.

Benjamin passed away in 2013 at the age of 69.

Appears in
Mama's Crazy Horse Rockin' Again