New Years Honours List 2014

When the New Year’s Honours List for 2014 was  released I noticed there were quite a few people who have been recognised for their services to Dance this year – so here is the lowdown on those included!


Carlos Yunior Acosta Quesada – Ballet Dancer

For Services to Ballet

Born in Havana, Cuba, his father decided that dance would teach Carlos discipline (as he was an over-energetic child) and would hopefully keep him out of trouble. He studied at the Cuban National Ballet School, and has won many awards throughout his life ranging from a Gold medal at the famous Prix de Lausanne, to being nominated for an Olivier Award. He currently dances with the Royal Ballet.

Honour – CBE

Miss Gillian Barbara Lynne, CBE – Choreographer

For services to Dance and Musical Theatre

Born in Bromley, Kent, and a much acclaimed, and celebrated theatre director, dancer, actor and television director, she is probably most widely known for her choreography of Cats the musical, and Phantom of the Opera.

Honour – DBE

Miss Jane Evelyn Pritchard – Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum

For services to the Arts

Previously curator for Rambert Dance Company, and English National Ballet, in her work with the Victoria and Albert Museum, she is most celebrated for her work on the 300-piece exhibition – Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes.

Honour – MBE

Mrs Bisakha Sarker

For services to South Asian Dance in Merseyside

Artistic Director of Chaturangan, Bisakha Sarker has raised the profile of South Asian Dance in Merseyside since 2002. Bisakha was born in India and has worked as a performer, choreographer, researcher and  educationalist. Chaturangan specifically targets the South Asian dance artist offering training and support needs of individual artists, and offers outreach work and projects such as Dance and Dementia.

Honour – MBE

Mrs Irene Margaret Cumming – President, Ballymena Festival of Music, Speech and Dance

For services to the community in Ballymena, Northern Ireland

With 6000 entrants in 2012, the Ballymena Festival of Music, Speech and Dance draws competitors, not only from Northern Ireland, but the Republic of Ireland, and the UK too. A thriving festival of which Irene Cumming is president for, boasts a wide variety of classes in Vocal, Dance, Instrumental, Modern Dance, Traditional, and Speech and Drama.

Honour – BEM

Mrs Margaret Jaffe – Founder, Northern Dance Centre

For services to Dance

Margaret Jaffe, founder and patron of Northern Dance Centre, has owned her school for over 60 years.

Honour – BEM

Mrs Penelope Audrey Brookman – Volunteer Dance and Drama Teacher, Kintbury St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Berkshire

For services to Education

Honour – BEM

Ms Marie de Assis Carreiro – Artistic director, Royal Ballet of Flanders

For services to Dance

Founding director of DanceXchange (Birmingham) and being heavily involved with DanceEast. Assis Carreiro has previously working with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Russell Maliphant, Rafael Bonachela, to name but a few, and in 2012 became director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

Honour – MBE

Lady Patricia Marina Hobson, MBE

For services to Ballet and Philanthropy

A keep supporter of the Royal Opera House for the past 14 years, her support covers simple basic costs, to funding new productions.

Honour – OBE

So a big  congratulations to everyone honoured from all of The Lowry Youth Dance Ambassadors!

Blog Post by Johanna Hadley


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