News: New Years Honours

Tuesday 4 January 2011

*There are several awards for services to dance in the latest New Years Honours list. *

Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer with the Royal Ballet and founder/Artistic Director of his own company Random Dance has been awarded the C.B.E in the New Years Honours List. Speaking about the award he said “ It is very fulfilling to know that I have been given the honour for Services to Dance, an art form I have an unfailing passion for, belief in and commitment to. It is fantastic that the honours system continues to recognise the contribution dance and the arts makes to society in general, as well as the immeasurable value artists of all disciplines make to our lives and well being.”

Sue Hoyle, the Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, is also a Trustee of the British Council and was formerly Arts Council England’s Lead Adviser for Dance and Executive Director of The Place. She receives the O.B.E. for services to contemporary dance.

Linda Jasper, the founder and Director of Youth Dance England, receives the M.B.E for services to dance. She said: “Dance has always been a passion for me and I am very privileged to be able to make more opportunities available for people to enjoy dance. I am pleased to accept this award in recognition of the part I have played over a number of years, alongside many colleagues and friends, to create new initiatives in dance for the benefit of young people, artists, dance teachers & practitioners, as well as the wider public.”
Andrew Coggins, one of the founders and now Executive Producer with the pioneering organisation Dance United gets an M.B.E for services to Contemporary Dance and to Disadvantaged People.

British-born choreographer and Artistic Director Tim Rushton is awarded anM.B.E. for services to dance. He has been leading Danish Dance Theatre for the last ten years and the company start their first UK tour at the end of this month.

Eileen Meacock, the founder of the Richmond Academy of Dance received an M.B.E for services to Dance.

Luke Jennings looks at McGregor’s career so far and his schedule for this year, which includes new work for the Bolshoi’s rising star Natalia Osipova, premiering in Los Angeles and Moscow this month, for the Royal Ballet in May, for Paris Opera Ballet in June and for Sadler’s Wells in November. In 2012 he will be making the large scale set piece for Big Dance 2012.
Read more in the Observer, 2 Jan 2011

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