Leanne Benjamin

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Leanne Benjamin OBE
Leanne Benjamin Danse à grande vitesse.jpg
Leanne Benjamin curtain call for Danse à grande vitesse, Royal Ballet, 27 Nov 2006
Born 1964
Rockhampton, Australia
Occupation Ballet dancer
Spouse(s) Tobias Round
Children Thomas

Leanne Benjamin is a retired Australian ballet dancer who was formally a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.

Ballet Career[edit]

Benjamin was born in Rockhampton, Australia in 1964. [1]

Benjamin began ballet lessons as a four year old in the church hall in Rockhampton at the Jan Moore School of Dance. Later, she trained with Valeria Hansen along with her sister Madonna, before being accepted into the Royal Ballet School at age 16 in 1980. Within a year, she won two prestigious awards, the Adeline Genée Gold Medal and Prix de Lausanne.

She joined the Company in 1992 becoming a Principal by the spring of that Season. She has also been a Principal with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Deutsche Opera Ballet and danced with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company at New York City Center in 2008.[2] She retired from the Royal Ballet in July 2013 after 21 years with the company. [3]


Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Nikiya, Kitri, Swanilda, The Firebird, Cinderella, Lise, Titania, Manon, Anastasia, Juliet (Ashton and MacMillan), Mitzi Caspar and Mary Vetsera in Mayerling, Irina, The Girl in The Invitation, The Judas Tree, Song of the Earth, Gloria, Requiem, Rhapsody, Elite Syncopations, Les Biches, Symphony in C, Apollo, Danses Concertantes, Etudes, Brünnhilde in Béjart's Ring, Carmen, Forsythe's Herman Schmerman and Ashton's The Leaves Are Fading.

She has created roles in Bintley's Metamorphosis, The Snow Queen and Earth as part of Homage to The Queen, Bruce's Symphony in Three Movements and in Mr. Worldly Wise, Two-Part Invention, When We Stop Talking, Masquerade and most recently Wayne McGregor's Qualia, "Infra", and "Limen", Robert Garland's Spring Rites, Alastair Marriott's Tanglewood, Liam Scarlett's Despite and Wheeldon's DGV. She was awarded an OBE in the 2005 New Year Honours.

Post ballet career[edit]

In honour of her career with The Royal Ballet, The Leanne Benjamin Awards, are to be launched at a public masterclass at The Royal Ballet School on Thursday 12th June. The awards are to be created and administered by The Tait Memorial Trust. The awards are scholarships for young Australian ballet dancers studying in the UK.[4] In January 2014 Leanne Benjamin was awarded the Critics’ Circle de Valois award for outstanding achievement. [5]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Tobias Round and has a son, Thomas, born in the summer of 2003.


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