Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. Bennie is founder of dance fitness program called “Retro Fitness International.” He is a former choreographer and dancer of television dance group Octo Arts Dancers during the 80s and 90s. He was one year short in finishing his Dentisry degree from Centro Escolar University when he auditioned for said group.
After a 14-year hiatus, Bennie went back to the dance floor as dance instructor while being Manager for Regine Tolentino’s Studio.
The idea to bring mostly retro music to his class all started when he noticed that his students were more excited to dance along 60s to 90s disco trends.
Below is the music video shot and edited by Jhayzon Paredes and Henry Balanial of 204 Live Music featuring Bennie Almonte with Yvette Yu, Rhiz Aco, Mithus Cabrera, Anthony Manansala, Marissa Pili and John Lalota. Beautiful Sunday (by Daniel Boonie) can be seen from the official You Tube Channel of Retro Fitness Philippines.
It was Bennie’s first time to come to Winnipeg and was grateful for the warm hospitality he was showered.