14 June 2013 at 5.15pm | 22 Comments
Royal Ballet Principal Leanne Benjamin will give her final Covent Garden performance in Mayerling on Saturday 15 June.
The Australian dancer joined The Royal Ballet as a First Soloist in 1992 after dancing with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper Ballet and London Festival Ballet. She was promoted to the rank of Principal in 1993 and since then has danced all the leading classical roles as well as having a number of roles created on her by choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Kim Brandstrup and Alexei Ratmansky. Excelling in the MacMillan repertory, Leanne also worked with Frederick Ashton and Ninette De Valois. She was awarded the OBE in 2005 for services to dance.
Leanne's final performance will see her partnered by Carlos Acosta.
Watch Leanne rehearsing Polyphonia with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, filmed as part of Royal Ballet LIVE:
We wish Leanne all the very best for the future.
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