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The Queen’s Birthday honours

Posted on June 11, 2019

The dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list, with honours awarded to dancers and choreographers representing a wide range of styles.

Robert Cohan, the founding artistic director of The Place, was knighted for services to Choreography and Dance, while MBEs were awarded to Kate Prince, artistic director of ZooNation, for services to Dance, and Latin legend Sammy Stopford for services to Ballroom and Latin American Dance.

Recipients of the British Empire Medal include June Boyne (June Ranger) for services to Dance in Swanage, Eileen Lindsay for services to Dance and the community in North East Scotland and Maurice Stone for services to Dance and Community Cohesion.

These awards acknowledge the strong contribution that dance in all its diverse forms makes to cultural landscape of the nation.

Andrew Hurst, CEO of One Dance UK, commented: “We are delighted as always to see that the commitment and dedication to the sector has again received very well-deserved recognition, but we are also concerned that dance takes such a small share of all the awards given to the arts in this list. One Dance UK continues to work hard to advocate for dance at all levels and we hope to see more recognition for those who do extraordinary work in the future.”

Image: Robert Cohan. Photograph by Pari Naderi

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, is out now as an ebook and available on Amazon, with the paperback following on August 22.

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