Grant Applications – Dance

Leanne Benjamin Awards 2021


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  • In 2020 the Tait Memorial Trust awarded grants of more than £42,000* to 8 young performing artists, and the group award to the Royal Ballet School, from Australia & New Zealand. Awards included an £8,000 award to fund the Tait Sir Charles Mackerras Chair with Southbank Sinfonia, London’s training orchestra. This award is funded jointly by the Estate of Lady Mackerras, and the Tait Trust.We also support several tied awards to the winners of major Australian competitions.These awards included :
        • £5,000 per annum award, the Tait Scholar award at the Royal College of Music for the term of the degree. This award is administered by the Royal College of Music
        • A prize of £2,000 to the ‘Australian musician showing the most promise’at the annual Royal Over-Seas League music competition.
        • and several awards of £3,000+ to singers, musicians, composers and conductors.
        • We gave multiple awards to young dancers under the auspices of the Leanne Benjamin Awards, to assist with their studies

    Our online form is specific to individuals. If you wish to apply for an ensemble or a project etc please write to us at with a detailed proposal.

Note: If you are applying to study at the Royal Ballet School there is no need for you to apply for a Tait Award. We give RBS a fixed sum annually for Australian/New Zealand students to be added to the Aus/NZ pot. RBS allocate the funds according to their own guidelines.

Applicants must be:

  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or domiciled/resident in Australia or New Zealand (Proof of this will be required).
  • Dancers must be 15 years or above as at September 1st 2021.
  • Students should have completed their secondary education, or GCSE equivalent.
  • Scan of your passport, or another official document which will confirm proof of age and your nationality/residence.
  • An outline of your studies and achievements & a short biography.
  • Cover letter written by the applicant that includes a description of the proposed course of study, and explaining why you want to pursue this course.
  • A current reference from your dance teacher, or someone who has taught you.
Registration for Video Selection

Each applicant must register online ( by filling in the application form and must submit a digital video (only one candidate per video file) recording of himself/herself

The video file must contain all of the elements below filmed in a studio environment.

1. Format
  • Only video files will be accepted. If you cannot upload a video file please contact
  • The video file must include the candidate’s full name.
  • The camera should be positioned at an angle that shows the dancer at his/her best. It is recommended to film the barre in a diagonal and the centre from the front.
2. Video File Contents

The video file should be approximately 10 – 20 minutes in duration in order to provide adequate evidence of the applicant’s artistic, musical, and technical capabilities. It must show the full body throughout.

2.1.  A short classical variation preferably drawn from the standard repertoire, danced in pointe shoes by female applicants.

2.2.  A short contemporary variation that could consist of something drawn from repertoire, phrases from classwork or an applicant-created work up to three minutes in length.

2.3.  Barre work, three to five minutes in length, incorporating both sides and danced in soft shoes by male, and preferably pointe shoes by female applicants (pliés, tendus, adagio, and grands battements).

2.4.  Centre practice, including port de bras, adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro and danced in pointe shoes by female applicants.

  • If candidates are not strong enough soft shoes or soft blocks may be worn for barre work and allegro only
  • Excerpts of live performances will not be accepted
  • Recorded no more than 3 months before your application date. If this is an issue please contact us
3. Clothing for the Video Selection

The dancer’s clothing must contrast with the background.

3.1.  Contemporary variation
Male and female candidates: barefoot, soft ballet slippers or in “Nu-pieds” (to protect the sole of the feet)

3.2.  Barre work and centre practice as well as classical variation
Male candidates: dark tights and a fitted plain t-shirt (any colour)
– no cut off tights, leg warmers or loose t-shirts
Female candidates: white or pink tights and a sleeveless plain leotard (any colour)
– no skirts, practice tutu, leg warmers or loose t-shirts

* We also provided £27,600 in Emergency Relief Funding to 11 young Australian & New Zealand performing artists, and paid out £15,000 in artist fees from our Tait Tuesdays at Home lockdown concerts. A total of £84,600…an increase of 52% from last years funding.

Please contact us if you have any questions 


Photo: Leanne Benjamin, The Royal Ballet, Jewels, Emeralds, 2007