From Martinez, Calif.
With Nashville Ballet since 2018
Training and Education
Point Park University, Ballet Austin II
Benjamin Wetzel joined Nashville Ballet after five years at Louisville Ballet. During his tenure in Louisville, Wetzel had the privilege to work and train privately with Daylena Ruiz from the National Ballet School of Cuba, which Wetzel credits as one of the most essential and informing influences on his work as a dancer.
Wetzel’s impressive career highlights include principal male in George Balanchine’s Rubies and in his Concerto Barocco, Cavalier in Val Caniparoli’s Nutcracker, the infamous peasant pas de deux in Petipa’s Giselle and the pas de trois in both The Sleeping Beauty and Paquita. Other credits include Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose, Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc, as well as numerous contemporary works by Ma Cong, Adam Houghland and Lucas Jervies.
Wetzel also holds a B.A. from Point Park University and was a member of Ballet Austin II prior to joining Louisville Ballet. He is fluent in German and enjoys cooking, traveling and teaching when not in the studio.