Beñat Andueza Molina

Beñat began his training at the dance conservatory of his hometown in the Basque Country at the age of 5, where he graduated in 2016. He joined the Dutch National Ballet Trainee Program under the direction of Jean-Yves Esquerre where he had the opportunity of working on Dutch repertoire from Rudi van Danzig, Nils Christie, and Toer van Shayk as well as a workshop on William Forsythe’s Artifact and dancing on Christopher Wheeldon’s Scenes de Ballet. Last year, Beñat arrived in the United States joining Atlanta Ballet 2 where he performed in Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast, works by Victor Plotnikov and Tina Bohnstedt, and Anthony Tudor’s Continuo. He also danced in company productions such as John McFall’s The Nutcracker, Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, and Craig Davidson’s world premier Remembrance/Hereafter. In Atlanta, he also participated in Atlanta Opera’s Carmen. During his training, he attended summer intensives at the Royal Ballet School (London), Princesse Grace Academy (Monaco), and the Bournonville Summer School in Amsterdam, as well as masterclasses from dancers of Paris Opera among other European companies. Beñat is excited to join Texas Ballet Theater this season.

Where are you from?
Basque Country

When did you begin dancing?
Dancing since always, training at the age of 5

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
This is my first season.

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Any Balanchine ballet, they have so much energy. Swan Lake is my favorite classical ballet.

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role?
I love dancing to Bournonville and neoclassical works such as ArtifactIn the Middle, and David Dawson’s ‘Five’ from Giselle.

What surprised you most about being a professional dancer?
The intensity of the work in the studio and how quickly you need to change your mind from performing one ballet to a new one.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Journalist or writer

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Biking and going to the beach/pool

What kind of music do you like best?
Depending on the mood – some latino music gets me moving, I need soul music to relax, and I listen to some good Basque rock when I miss home.

What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
I hate makeup