1Ananda Bena-Weber

Ananda Bena-Weberis In Motion Dance Center’s Ballet Mistress. She has performed in a diverse array of productions and venues throughout the United States and worldwide.  Her most recent solo work, Fancifool!, premiered with great acclaim in San Francisco, and has been joyously received in every city it has toured through thus far. Roles in regional theater include: Rosalind (As You Like It), Arkadina (The Seagull), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Anne (Richard III), Lola (Damn Yankees), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ophelia and Horatio (Hamlet), and the title role in Medea. Ananda has performed choreographic works by: Gregory Hines, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan, John Cranko, Alonzo King, Bill ‘Bo Jangles’ Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, Marius Petipa, Sam Weber, Rosine Bena, Lynn Dally and others. She has performed as a dancer with such companies as:  The Jazz Tap Ensemble, The Sierra Nevada Ballet, The Reno Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and as an independent artist throughout the US and abroad. An accomplished teacher, Ananda teaches a variety of subjects and has taught classes and workshops throughout the US and Europe.  Ms. Bena-Weber was a professor of dance at Marymount Manhattan College, and a teaching artist for the Dance Theater of Harlem and Mark Morris Dance Center in New York for 16 years. She currently resides in San Francisco where she teaches for Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Education includes: Goddard College (MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts), San Francisco State University (BA, Theatre Arts and Russian Language and Literature), Shakespeare and Co, American Conservatory Theater, Moscow Art Theater School, British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, Linklater Center of Voice and Speech, and Terry Schreiber Studio. This will be Ms. Ananda’s second year teaching at In Motion Dance Center and she is very excited to continue developing the dancer’s artistry and technique.