BenRethmeier

Ben has been teaching dance across Central Iowa for over ten years and is the Licensed Nurturing Pathways® Instructor at Westside Dance Academy. He offers an energized class for all ages. Ben focuses on giving the intermediate/ advanced students tools most useful for performance quality movement. Younger students enjoy his spunky, sometimes off the wall lessons in class. Parents enjoy seeing their kids having fun with dance. His attitude and energy in the class room are felt by all. 

Ben received ballet training at Milwaukee School of Ballet and Central Iowa Dance; continuing his Education at dance conventions with master teachers. Ben is a member in good standing with Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and attends CNADM workshops geared towards educators.

Ben has served as Co- Director, Rehearsal Director and Choreographer for Iowa Dance Theater productions; The Nutcracker, Snow White and some Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Dracula, and Cinderella. His performances include The Nutcracker, Firebird, Snow White and some dwarfs, Peter Pan, Dracula, and Cinderella. Performances with The Des Moines Metro Opera include; La Traviata, Candide, Amaul and the Night Visitors, Faust, Gloriana, Unicorn; Gorgon and Manticore.

Ben has performed jazz, ballet and modern for Central Iowa Dance Youth Ballet Company, Dance Theater of Omaha, and Dance Co’Motion. Ben strives to build a better dancer from the inside out.