The New Year’s Honours List 2014 which was released on 30 December 2013 included nine honours for dance professionals including the choreographer, former dancer and Dance UK Patron Gillian Lynne CBE being made a Dame for services to dance and musical theatre.
Dame Gillian Lynne told Dance UK today:
“The rest of the world is struggling but miraculously UK Dance is thriving. Possibly because of our extreme love for it and the energy and heart it takes to make it thrive. Also, we are lucky to possess a system which develops wonderful teachers. I know that I personally benefitted from such like. My honour is indeed for Dance but it is also for Musical Theatre the underdog in the arts which I have fought for over many years. I am proud to be part of a community in which there is no compromise”.
Dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta, received a CBE for services to ballet. He told ITV he was thrilled: "I never expected to receive an honour such as this, and am both delighted and very proud to be given such recognition for my work in the dance world."
“I am thrilled and delighted by this wonderful honour and it comes within days of the 20th anniversary of my arrival in the UK in Birmingham. To be acknowledged is humbling. This is a very special day and a brilliant end to the year and start to 2014.”
Dance UK member Liv Lorent, founder and Artistic Director of balletLORENT based in Newcastle received an MBE for services to dance. She told Dance UK:
“I am very thankful that the dedication and innovation my dancers, collaborators and Executive Producer Christine Grimwood and I have put into balletLORENT these last twenty years has been acknowledged. On behalf of all the team - this family - I am accepting this honour and feel very grateful to be living in a time and a place where there has been public subsidy for the Arts. Without this support the work we make would not be seen and the brilliant artists I work with would not be able to collaborate together. We hope to always make dance that is a rewarding experience and continue touring to new and existing audiences. It has been an unexpected but delightful honour to be recognised for working hard at what we love best.”
Other honourees included:
Lady Patricia Marina Hobson MBE awarded an OBE for services to ballet & philanthropy.
Dancer, leader and Dance UK member Bisakha Sarker awarded an MBE for services to South Asian dance in Liverpool, Merseyside.
Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Collections at the Victory and Albert Museum awarded an MBE for services to the arts. Jane curated the Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes exhibition and was archivist for Dance UK members English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.
Mrs Christine Anderson MacPhee awarded an MBE for services to Scottish Highland Dancing, (Bonhill, Dunbartonshire).
Mrs Margaret Jaffe founder of Northern Dance Centre awarded the British Empire Medal for services to dance, (Skipton, North Yorkshire)
How to nominate someone for an honour.
Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. The honours system recognises people who have:
They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do. To nominate someone you must complete a detailed application form and collect letters of support which are submitted to the Department for Culture Media and Sports Honours team.
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/honours
Dance UK runs the dance sector’s Honours Advisory Committee which is a group of dance professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure dance professionals are regularly nominated from across the rich and diverse world of dance – from teachers to dancers, from managers to choreographers, working in all dance forms.
If you have someone you want to nominate for services to dance and would like the support of Dance UK, or if you would like to join the Dance UK Honours Advisory Committee please contact the Dance UK team on 020 7713 0730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org