Posted on January 6, 2014
The New Year’s honours list included a group of people recognised for their services to dance and to the arts, from choreographers to dance teachers, in styles from South Asian dance to ballet.
Gillian Lynne, who danced with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet before going on to choreograph the musical Cats and many other works, becomes a Dame. Sculptor Antony Gormley, whose work has included designs for the dance works zero degrees and Sutra, receives a knighthood. Carlos Acosta, principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet, receives a CBE for his services to ballet. Lady Marina Hobson receives an OBE for services to ballet and philanthropy.
Two artistic directors receive MBEs for their services to dance: Assis Carreiro, now leading the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Liv Lorent, founder and artistic director of balletLORENT. Jane Pritchard, curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (and who has also contributed to Dancing Times) receives an MBE for services to the arts. MBEs also go to Christine McPhee, for services to Scottish Highland Dancing, and to Bisakha Sarker for services to South Asian dance in Merseyside.
There are three dance-related Medallists of the Order of the British Empire: Penny Brookman, a volunteer dance and drama teacher, Irene Cumming, president of the Ballymena Festival of Music, Speech and Dance and Margaret Jaffé, founder of Northern Dance Centre.
Picture: Carlos Acosta. Photograph: Jonathan Ring