Proudly supporting young
artists in the UK
Founded in 1992
Isla Baring OAM
Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE
Viola, Lady Tait AM
John McCallum AO CBE
Googie Withers AO CBE
Danielle de Niese
Leanne Benjamin AM OBE
John Frost AM
Patricia Countess of Harewood
Barry Humphries AO CBE
Piers Lane AO
June Mendoza AO OBE
Ermes de Zan
Isla Baring OAM
Dr Margaret Mayston AM
Nicola Downer AM
Registered charity 1042797
Upcoming Tait & Partner Events
The Leanne Benjamin Awards 2015=
A special auction of signed ballet pointe shoes.
Signed and personally used by retired Royal Ballet star, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE.
The Auction will conclude at, 'An evening with Leanne Benjamin in conversation with Ross Alley'
presented by The Tait Memorial Trust.
Make a Bid here
All funds raised will go towards the 2015 Leanne Benjamin Awards for young Australian dancers.
'An evening with Leanne Benjamin'
English National Ballet
39 Jay Mews
London SW7 2ES
Thursday July 2nd at 7.30pm
Drinks and Canapés
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Wine kindly provided by Treasury Wine Estates
Tickets £50/£40 Tait Friends, £15 Students
Group bookings: 2 for £80
Enquiries/Bookings: 0207 351 0561
On July 2nd, in an evening especially arranged for the Tait Trust, Leanne will discuss her illustrious career in conversation with Ross Alley incorporating selected film footage of highlights of her dancing and the important roles which she interpreted. Leanne is a wonderful, engaging speaker and this opportunity to hear her relate the sometimes hilarious accounts of what actually takes place at rehearsals and performances is not to be missed.
Last year, the Tait Trust was thrilled to welcome the outstanding Australian ballerina, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, as a patron. In a long and distinguished career that spanned 30 years, Leanne danced as a principal artist with many of the world’s major ballet companies including the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Deutsche Oper Ballet and The Royal Ballet before retiring two years ago. Leanne created new roles for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Alastair Marriott and Alexei Ratmasky. Leanne was also one of the last dancers of The Royal Ballet to work with all of its founding choreographers: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.
The first recipient, Josephine Frick, was presented with a cheque at a Tait Friends event at Australia House on Tuesday 14th October 2014 as a contribution to her fees at The Royal Ballet School.
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