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Kristen De Benedetto
Kristen De Benedetto began her formal dance training at the age of five with her focus on classical ballet. She is versed in multiple styles of classical ballet, including: studying the Cecchetti method under Julie Carson, the Vaganova technique under the tutelage of Joyce Lang and Andrew Pap, and the Balanchine technique with Barbara Sandonato.  Ms. De Benedetto was awarded various scholarships and awards throughout her pre-professional career, including summer intensive grants for the Homer Bryant School of Ballet in Chicago, and a scholarship to The University if the Arts in Philadelphia where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Dance Education with a focus on Dance and Movement Therapy.  Her post graduate studies in the field of dance and movement therapy inspired the creation of The Mindful Movement Center for Dance. Having performed in multiple ballets and dance production throughout her career and in sporting events ranging from the opening ceremony of the World Cup Soccer Games to performing at the Chicago Bulls basketball games, Kristen empowers her students with the knowledge of how to combine both performance and technique to capture the audience.  At age 14 she began her teaching career as an assistant in the dance company classes and children’s classes, which sparked her love of giving back to the next generation. Having taught in both the Mid-West and Philadelphia. Kristen relocated to Los Angeles in the fall of 2001 where she continued to teach ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and lyrical.  In all avenues of her life Kristen has sought to bring the joy of movement to those she mentors. Recently, Ms. De Benedetto has revisited her passion of combining dance and movement into a form of therapy for children and adults with both emotional and physical disabilities. She received her Autism Movement Therapy Certification in the spring of  2017 and is a certified provider in Santa Clarita.


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