Benedict’s career as a performer, educator and choreographer spans more than twenty years. He holds a MFA with First Class Honors majoring in Choreography from the University of Melbourne (Victorian college of the Arts).
Benedict has had extensive training in both Chinese classical and contemporary dance since 1987, under the professional guidance of renowned Singapore dance choreographer and educator - Mr. Ng Chay Kuang. In recent years, under the tutelage and mentoring of highly experienced dance and arts practitioner - Helen Herbertson and Dr Don Asker, he was able to further develop and explore his choreographic skills.
Benedict has also been credited as the creative director and resident choreographer of Dance Horizon Troupe (Singapore) since 2001, and had contributed more than 20 works and 2 full-length features to the company’s repertoire.
He was invited as a guest choreographer and dance teacher by International Buddhist Dance Troupe (Jakarta-Indonesia) since 1996 and Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre Dance Troupe from 1996-2001. Presently, he is devoting his passion as Dance educator, lecturer, instructor and choreographer for schools.
Known for his distinctive originality, visually captivating and innate ability in connecting to his viewers. Benedict's works were well received both local and international from Asia to Europe. His work has received numerous Gold awards in the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging for dance since 1991 including the recent years Gold with Honors awards in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and Distinctions awards in 2015, 2017.
In 2007, the Hong Kong Culture Promotion Society and Hong Kong Art Troupe invited Benedict’s “Metamorphosis”, “Matsuri” and “Heartbeats” to be presented at the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong SAR exchange Activities and 2007 Hong Kong International Children’s Cultural and Art Festival, and were awarded with 2 Gold and 1 Silver, including a best performance award.
In July 2008, Benedict’s “Metamorphosis” came in 1st place and was awarded “Best Choreography and Contemporary Dance” in the 12th Europe New Prague Dance Festival 2008. He was the first Singaporean to receive this international award.
In 2013 and 2014, his works, together with the dance company was the invited as the first Singaporean dance representative to attend and perform at the most prestigious and largest international festival in Korea, “Andong international face-mask dance art festival”.
Believing that Arts grow from culture and vice versa, Benedict sees our world as the interwoven foundation from which many artists draw their inspiration. Our society therefore refers to the natural vastness of the culture and the arts as understood and expressed by the audience and artists, whereby they feel a nourishing community gathered under the same roof. Dance- the art itself, enable us to find it own unique role within the rapidly changing and expanding horizons of dance culture.