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Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list 2019

8 Jun 2019

Spotlight Shines on Dance in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours

As the Sector Support organisation for Dance in the UK, One Dance UK is delighted to see that the dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list. The honours include:

Knighthood

Robert Paul COHAN, CBE – Founding Artistic Director, The Place. For services to Choreography and Dance.

MBE

Ms Katherine Jane PRINCE – For services to Dance.

Samuel Francis John STOPFORD – For services to Ballroom and Latin American Dance.

British Empire Medal

Miss June Patricia BOYNE (June RANGER) – For services to Dance in Swanage.

Eileen Joyce LINDSAY – For services to Dance and the community in North East Scotland.

Maurice Noach 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.

Notable among these honours is the award of Knighthood for services to Choreography and Dance to Robert Paul COHAN, Founding Artistic Director of The Place.

Born in 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Robert (Bob) Cohan is a former dancer, choreographer, and the Founding Artistic Director of The Place, London Contemporary Dance School and London Contemporary Dance Theatre (LCDT), which he directed for 20 years.

Cohan joined Martha Graham’s company (the Martha Graham Dance Company) in 1946, becoming one of her regular partners on stage and later a teacher in her dance school. He left in 1957 but came back in 1962, rising to co-director in 1966. He left in 1969 to launch the London Contemporary Dance Group based at the Adeline Genee Theatre in East Grinstead, having already launched The Place in London 1967.

Since returning to the UK in 2013 after a number of years living in France, he has been much in demand as an eloquent and charismatic speaker and teacher. He has restaged his works for Middlesex University and the Rambert School.

Andrew Hurst, CEO One Dance UK comments “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.”