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"It all starts with the soul of the music. We lay the foundations of each piece with the stucture of traditional classical dance music, and then start to add different textures and flavours. The rhythms and movements build up layer upon layer in a melting pot of different influences and inspirations."

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. In 1993 he was invited to join as a soloist with the Portugese National Ballet, Lisbon, touring extensively in Portugal and Brazil. Ben also danced as a soloist with the London City Ballet between 1996 and 1997 and then with the Northern Ballet between 1998 and 1999. 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.

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