News: Doing the Honours

Monday 16 June 2008

Monica Mason, t*he Director of the *Royal Ballet, was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, published over the weekend.

She is now in her sixth Season as Director of The Royal Ballet, having been appointed to the post in December 2002 after a short period as Acting Director following the resignation of Ross Stretton.Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House said: “Everybody at the Royal Opera House is thrilled and proud that Monica Mason has been created a Dame Commander in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance. Her extraordinary commitment to The Royal Ballet is crowned by her current achievements as Director and we are delighted for her. It is particularly poignant that she should be receiving this at the end of a terrific Season before the Company makes its historic visit to China to open the Beijing Cultural Festival.”

Another winner working in dance is Dick Matchett, who has been awarded an MBE for services to Dance and the heritage of Black Dance. He was a winner of the Dance UK Industry Award in 2004.

Our congratulations also go to londondance.com contributor Graham Watts who collected the OBE which he was awarded in the New Years Honours list from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 11 June. Graham’s day job is Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council and he also manages the British Olympic fencing team. We are very grateful that he also finds time and enthusiasm to write perceptively about dance for londondance.com. ballet.co.uk and Dance Europe, amongst others, as well.

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