Benedicte Schoyen, choreographer/director and filmmaker was born and raised in Norway where she started dancing at The Norwegian Opera Ballet School at age 9. She graduated with a B.A. in dance at age 18 and worked as a dancer in various shows and television productions in Norway and Sweden. After a year in Paris she settled down in Los Angeles where she worked as a freelance dancer for 8 years, then she opened up her own dance studio in Santa Monica. During this time, she also choreographed many TV shows for The Eurovision Song Contest for children (MGP JR), Norwegian Broadcasting. Benedicte has also directed and choreographed several live shows for theater and cruise ships in Scandinavia and worked for 10 years at the musical theater department at UCLA, teaching ballet and jazz dance. She created and produced The Music Box – A Dance Along Fairytale, a 40 minute film for children. Roadtrip Niger is her first documentary film and Benedicte loves to continue combining her experiences from dance, music and travel with documentary film making.