Assaf Benchetrit

Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824
Assaf Benchetrit

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.


  • 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)

Courses Taught

  • THDA 487: History of Dance
  • THDA 564: Compocinema
  • THDA 589: Practicum/Performance
  • THDA 592: Special Topics/Modern Dance
  • THDA 597: Dance Theatre Performance
  • THDA 662: Ballet III
  • THDA 732: Choreography
  • THDA 786: Dance Pedagogy

Selected Artistic Activities

Cinderella - Sole City Dance (2018).

Ballet Company - Dance Through Time (2018).

Principle Guest Performance With Great Bay Academy of Dance - The Nutcracker (2017).

Principle Guest Performance With Sole City Dance - The Nutcracker (2017).

Principle Guest Performance With The Northeaster Ballet Theatre - The Nutcracker (2017).

Principle Guest Performance With The Northeaster Ballet Theatre - Dracula (2017).

Principle Guest Performance With The Northeaster Ballet Theatre - The Snow Queen (2017).

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

Choreographic/Dance Residency to The Jerusalem Ballet - Phase V (2017).

Principle Guest Performance With Portland Ballet - Swan Lake (2017).