Director of Trainee & Conservatory Programs
Growing up in a military home, Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist Brette Benedict has moved around her whole life. She started dancing at a very young age but began to study ballet seriously under the direction of Mrs. Geiger after moving to Michigan at the age of 12. Her last two years of high school she moved to Philadelphia to study at the Rock School for Dance Education. Ms. Brette was then accepted to the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University and got her Bachelor of Science in Ballet. Upon graduation Ms. Brette received an apprenticeship with the Rochester City Ballet and was promoted to dancer in 2013. Throughout her ballet career she has had the privilege of performing in many ballets including: soloist roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Western Symphony, Raymonda, Who Cares?, and principle roles in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo as the Rancher’s Daughter, Anthony tudor’s Lilac Garden as Caroline as well as Twyla Tharp’s Noir. She recently performed the role of Sugar plum for Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts in their production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Brette is very thankful for all the teachers, coaches and family who have helped her achieve her goals as a dancer. She has been with Ballet 5:8 since 2014 and now serves in a variety of roles in addition to dancing including Trainee Program Ballet Mistress and Ballet 5:8 Répétiteur. Brette also holds a RYT-200 certification in Yoga. She acquired her PBT certification in July of 2017.