Tait Memorial Trust

Proudly supporting young
Australian performing
artists in the UK

Founded in 1992

Isla Baring OAM

Founding Patrons
Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE
Viola, Lady Tait AM
John McCallum AO CBE
Googie Withers AO CBE

Leanne Benjamin OBE
John Frost AM
Julian Gavin
Patricia Countess of Harewood
Peggy Haim
Barry Humphries AO CBE
Piers Lane AO
June Mendoza AO OBE
Ermes de Zan

Treasury Wine Estates


Justin Baring
Isla Baring
Shirley Barr
Anne Longden
Susie Thornton

Lorraine Buckland
Kelly Dalglish
Jan Gowrie-Smith
Richard Gunter
Ros Higgins
Kelly Lovelady
Wendy Kramer
Dr Margaret Mayston AM
Gayle McDermott
Patricia Nimmo
John Rendall
Margaret Rodgers
Ann Seddon
Belinda Syme
Jacqueline Thompson
Rosemary Tuck
Rosemary Wood

Honorary Member
Nicola Downer AM

Executive Director
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797
The Leanne Benjamin Awards

This is a must see event for all Tait Friends and supporters. Featuring Leanne Benjamin OBE and the students of The Royal Ballet School. Join us for an evening to see the work involved to train the next generation of dancers, from a group class at the barre to the intricacies of a famous classical solo.

The Leanne Benjamin Awards
Leanne Benjamin in Emeralds as part of Jewels © Johan Persson/ROH 2007

On Thursday 12 June, Australian principal ballerina, Leanne Benjamin OBE will coach a student from The Royal Ballet School in one of her favourite solos from the classical repertoire.This will be preceded by a specially choreographed masterclass featuring current TMT awardees giving a brief insight into their unique system of training and some individual solo performances by the students.The proceeds from this event will be used to create new scholarships for young Australian dancers to be known as The Leanne Benjamin Awards

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Leanne Benjamin OBE

Born in Rockhampton, Australia, Leanne joined The Royal Ballet as a First Soloist in 1992 after dancing with Sadlerís Wells, 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 for 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.

The Tait Trust wish to thank the staff and students of The Royal Ballet School, Lady Sainsbury for her support and encouragement to make this event a reality and the lovely Leanne Benjamin for graciously agreeing to take part and to lend her name to these new ballet awards.

Past Events

Leanne Benjamin Awards 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008-1992