Ben is from Hurricane, West Virginia. He began his undergraduate work in engineering and international affairs at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. During his second year at Marshall, a friend persuaded him to take a formal dance class. After a few classes he was hooked, and continued training for the next five months under the direction of Ella Hay. That fall he switched majors, transferred, and spent the next four years studying at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ben graduated in the spring of 2012 receiving his B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. Ben can't thank his parents enough for supporting him in his career change into the arts and putting their trust in God that he would have a job upon graduation. Ben joined Pilobolus in the fall of 2012.