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The Leanne Benjamin Award

posted 13 May 2014, 04:48 by Juliana Araújo   [ updated 21 Jun 2014, 10:20 ]

Former Australian Royal Ballet ballerina Leanne Benjamin has put in place a scholarship for young Australian dancers with the support from the Tait Memorial Trust.


Born in  Rockhampton, Australia, Leanne began her ballet classes at four years of age. At sixteen, he joined the Royal Ballet School; and joined the Company in 1992 where he remained for 21 years until his retirement in 2013. After a successful career with the Royal Ballet, and roles created specifically for her, Leanne received an OBE in 2005.


The Tait Memorial Trust was established in 1992 with the aim of supporting Australian artists in the UK, with focus on performing arts. Among its initiatives, the fund provides postgraduate scholarships and offers support for the development of young students; including those from the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Rambert Dance Company.


The award launching event is scheduled for June 12 at the Royal Ballet School. Besides the master class, Leanne will coach one of the Royal Ballet School students in one of her favourite solos. The event will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the skills of one of the most successful dancers of the Royal Ballet.


For further information on bookings and directions to the Royal Ballet School, please visit the Tait Memorial Trust website here.





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