1 May 2014 at 4.55pm | 1 Comment
The inaugural event of the Leanne Benjamin Awards will be held on 12 June 2014 at The Royal Ballet School. After a training masterclass with students currently supported by the Tait Memorial Trust, Leanne will coach a student of The Royal Ballet School in one of her favourite Classical solos in front of an audience. Proceeds from the event will go towards the support of the Leanne Benjamin Awards. Tickets can be bought through the Tait Memorial Trust website.
Leanne Benjamin OBE was born in Rockhampton, Australia, and trained at The Royal Ballet School. She joined the Company as a First Soloists in 1992 and was promoted to Principal the following year. After 20 years as a Principal with the Company she retired from dancing at the end of the 2012/13 Season, making her final performance as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling on 15 June 2013.
The Tait Memorial Trust supports young Australian musicians and dancers who are studying in the UK. The Trust was founded in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of Sir Frank Tait, Lady Viola Tait and the Tait brothers – key figures in the fostering of theatre and the performing arts in Australia.
Since its foundation the Trust has raised more than £250,000 through fund-raising events and concerts. It supports young Australian musicians and performing artists through awards and grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities and further assistance. Dancers supported by the Trust include young Australian dancers studying at The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company.