Cover art for Built for Ballet
Published
Melbourne Books, November 2021
ISBN
9781925556575
Format
Hardcover, 400 pages
Dimensions
24.3cm × 16.4cm × 3.5cm

Built for Ballet

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This autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton reveals the extraordinary life and career of one of the worlds most important ballet dancers of the past 50 years.

Leanne was born and raised in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton in a tightly knit hard-working Catholic family.

At the age of 3 she attended her first ballet class and at 16 she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and at 18 danced her first leading role on the Royal Opera House stage in the school's performance of Giselle that catapulted her to a stellar career.

The book takes you behind the scenes to find a real understanding of the pleasure and the pain, the demands and the intense commitment it requires to become a ballet dancer.

It's a book for ballet-lovers which will explain from Benjamin's personal point of view, how ballet has changed and is changing. It's a book of history: she was first taught by the people who created ballet in its modern form and now she works with the dancers of today, handing on all she has known and learnt.

But it's also a book for people who are just interested in the psychology of achievement, how you go from being a child in small town Rockhampton in the centre of Australia to being a power on the world's biggest stages, and how an individual copes with the ups and downs of that kind of career.

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