Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list 2017

16 Jun 2017

“As the advocacy body for Dance in the UK, we are delighted that the dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list. The awards include:

Dame Beryl Grey, CH, DBE (for services to dance)
Kenneth Tharp, CBE (for services to dance)
Romayne Grigorova, MBE (for services to dance)
Christopher Elwell, BEM (for services to ballet)
Deborah Holmes, BEM (for services dance and young people in Essex)

This acknowledges the strong contribution that dance – in all its diverse forms – makes to the health and well-being of the nation.

Notable among these honours is the award of Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) to Dame Beryl Grey DBE who was taken into the Sadler’s Wells Ballet at the age of fourteen making her first appearance in the corps de ballet of Le Lac des Cygnes, progressing through the company at a steady rate, performing the lead role Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on her 15th birthday in 1942, and creating roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Léonide Massine and Robert Helpmann. She was an international guest ballerina across Europe, South America, Australasia, the Far East, the US and Canada and became the first English dancer to appear as a guest ballerina with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, Peking Ballet, and the Shanghai Company. She was Artistic Director of London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) from 1968 until 1979, is Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dance, was President of the Dance Council of Wales, Vice-Chairman of the Governors of The Royal Ballet and Dance Teachers Benevolent Funds, and Chair of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (now the Dance Professionals Fund). She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1973, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1988.

We were also delighted to see that Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp OBE has been awarded a CBE for services to dance. His 25-year performing career included working with London Contemporary Dance Theatre (1982-94) and Arc Dance Company (1994-2005). He has worked extensively as a choreographer, teacher and director and was Lead Artists & Artistic Advisor to The Royal Ballet School’s Dance Partnership & Access Programme, and Assistant to the Head of Contemporary Dance at Millennium Dance 2000. He co-founded Artyfartarts with Simon Redfern, and was on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House (2002-2010). He undertook a NESTA-funded Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2005 and was Chief Executive of The Place from September 2007 until November 2016. He is currently a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund, and a Patron of Akademi and The Place. He was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003.”

Andrew Hurst
Chief Executive, One Dance UK