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Leanne Benjamin: Rockhampton’s Ballet Luminary Returns

Leanne Benjamin: Rockhampton's Ballet Luminary Returns
Image courtesy of the Royal Opera House

Celebrating a Storied Journey

Rockhampton proudly celebrates the ascent of Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, a homegrown talent set to lead Queensland Ballet, an eminent bastion of classical ballet.

Benjamin’s trajectory, from the sun-kissed streets of Rockhampton to gracing global stages, embodies an inspiring narrative.

A Stellar Ballet Odyssey

Benjamin’s voyage commenced at 16, when she enrolled in The Royal Ballet School, setting the stage for a stellar career.

Her artistry flourished and adorned stages like Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and Deutsche Opera Ballet.

The Royal Ballet embraced her as a Principal dancer for an illustrious 21-year tenure, leaving an indelible mark with performances spanning eras and styles.

A Force in Ballet’s Tapestry

Her tenure at The Royal Ballet unfolded as a historical odyssey, epitomising ballet’s diverse tapestry.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, commended her monumental influence, encompassing iconic roles from Giselle to contemporary masterpieces by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon.

A Homecoming of Artistry

Returning as Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director marks a poignant homecoming.

Benjamin’s fervent dedication to dance found roots in Rockhampton, nurturing a passion that propelled her to the pinnacle of ballet’s global echelons.

A Visionary’s Homecoming

Benjamin reflects on this remarkable homecoming with humility and ardour.Ballet has been part of my life since I was a three-year-old in Rockhampton,” she muses, humbled by the journey that led her back to steer Queensland Ballet towards continued excellence.

Leanne Benjamin’s prodigious return to Queensland Ballet heralds a new chapter, resonating with Rockhampton‘s spirit—a testament to unwavering dedication and the enduring allure of ballet’s transformative power.