Assaf Benchetrit

Assaf Benchetrit

Phone: (603) 862-4485
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824

Assaf Benchetrit began his dance and music studies at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon graduation, he danced with the Jerusalem Dance Theater, the Panov Ballet, and later with The Israeli National Ballet Company. During his military service, Assaf received the “Remarkable Dancer” prize from the Israeli government which allowed him to continue dancing while serving. After completing his military service, he arrived to United States to dance with companies such as The Joffrey, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Portland Ballet and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. Throughout his career, Assaf toured through England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and numerous other countries. Assaf holds a joint B.S in computer science and B.F.A in dance degrees with academic honors from Montclair State University, and an M.F.A degree in dance from Hollins/ADF/Frankfurt. He was a faculty member at Yale University, Columbia University (Barnard College), Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Raritan Valley Community College.

Courses Taught

  • THDA 487: History of Dance
  • THDA 564: Compocinema
  • THDA 589: Practicum/Performance
  • THDA 662: Ballet III
  • THDA 732: Choreography
  • THDA 786: Dance Pedagogy
  • THDA 795W: Independent Study
  • THDA 799H: Honors/Capstone Project


  • M.F.A., Dance, Hollins College
  • B.F.A., Montclair State College
  • B.S., Montclair State College

Research Interests

  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Dance filmography
  • Dance technology (computer software that interacts with dancers)

Artistic Activities & Publications

  • Choreographic/Dance Residency to The Jerusalem Ballet - Phase VI (2018). Retrieved from

  • Summer Season with Connecticut Ballet - Phase II (2017).

  • Benchetrit, A. (n.d.). The Movement’s Voice. STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY.