Leanne Benjamin

(b. 1964)

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(b Rockhampton, Australia, 13 Jul. 1964)

British-Australian dancer. She trained with Valerie Hansen in Queensland; then at Royal Ballet School in London, winning the Prix de Lausanne 1981. In 1983 she joined Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, where she created the role of Gerda in Bintley's The Snow Queen (1986) and was promoted to principal in 1987. She subsequently danced with London Festival Ballet (1988–1990) and Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin (1990) before joining the Royal Ballet in 1992. She was made principal the following year and became one of the company's most versatile ballerinas, dancing with a rare strength well into her forties. She has been noted especially for her interpretations of the MacMillan repertoire and has created roles in many ballets including Tharp's Mr Worldly Wise, Tetley's Amores, McGregor's Qualia, and Wheeldon's DGV.

Subjects: Dance.

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