Queens New Year’s Honours List 2019 highlights dance

28 Dec 2019

Image: Ty Singleton via Birmingham Royal Ballet


As the advocacy body for dance in the UK, One Dance UK is delighted that the dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. This acknowledges the strong contribution that dance – in all its diverse forms – makes to the health and well-being of our nation.

The awards include:

The award of Knighthood to David Bintley, previously of Birmingham Royal Ballet, for his services to dance.

Bintley was noted for the title role in Petrushka, and Alain and Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée but his first piece, The Outsider, was created in 1978. From 1986 to 1993 he moved from resident choreographer for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet to the same post at Covent Garden before, from 1993, working freelance. He was Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (1995 –2019) and from 2010 took on the additional role of Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Japan. His works range from one-act pieces such as Flowers of the Forest (1985), Tombeaux (1993), ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (1988), varied jazz-based pieces including The Shakespeare Suite and The Orpheus Suite and E=mc2(2009). His full-evening works include Hobson’s Choice (1989), Edward II (1995), Cyrano (2007), Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella . He was appointed a CBE in 2001. H (2013) of his spectacular Aladdin, and the British premiere (2014) of The Prince of the Pagodas, both created for the National Ballet of Japan, and The Tempest (2016).

Also recognised were:

Shobana Jeyasingh CBE – For Services to dance 

Shobana is an internationally recognised choreographer who founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance 30 years ago. She has created over 60 critically acclaimed works for diverse platforms including stage, screen and unconventional public spaces and has collaborated with scientists, gallery curators, composers, film makers, digital creatives as well as dancers and designers to make bold multi disciplinary work.

Stephen Mear CBE – For Services to dance.

Two-time Olivier award winner Stephen Mear has worked in a variety of roles and directions, from musical theatre on broadway and the west end to opera at the ENO, Paris and the MET in New York as well as well-known tv programmes such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show‘ and more. He has also choreographed music videos for high profile artists ‘Oasis’ and ‘Goldfrapp’.

David Toole OBE – For services to Dance and People with Disabilities

David studied at the Laban Centre of Movement and Dance after participating in dance workshops with Candoco Dance Company. He received a Professional Diploma in Community Dance in 1993.

Having toured nationally and internationally with Candoco Dance Company, he has also performed with Graeae Theatre Company; The Royal Shakespeare Company, DV8, Cape Town based Remix Dance Company (Lucy Hind and Dom Coyote) and in 2012 performed a key solo role in the opening ceremony of the Paralympics.  David has spent the last 10 years working with Stopgap Dance Company on projects Tracking, Bill and Bobby, and dance film Artificial Things which recently won the DanceScreen award.

Kate Flatt (AKA Susan Kate Lamford) OBE – For Services to Choreography

(Susan) Kate studied at the Royal Ballet School and choreography with Léonide Massine, who she subsequently assisted on revivals of his work in USA and Australia. Further study was with Nina Fonaroff and Robert Cohan at London School of Contemporary Dance. Her career as an established theatre choreographer spans a diverse range of settings nationally and internationally. Notably, as one of the original creative team at the RSC for Les Miserables.

Mirella Bartrip OBE – For services to Dance, Education & Training

Mirella performed as a classical dancer in the 1970s and taught classical ballet for professional dancers and students over many years at different institutions. Her 36-year teaching career at Trinity Laban included classical ballet, education studies as well as supervision of dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She worked closely with others in the sector to further the development of contemporary dance as a subject of study at degree level.

Judith Rose Palmer MBE – For Services to Dance

Judith Palmer is the CEO African Heritage UK and an independent dance artist with an expertise in African dance. Her specialism is analysing and teaching the forms she worked with Adzido Pan-African dance Ensemble as Principal dancer. Judith was Chair of the board of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora for 6 years and spent 14 years with with IRIE! She is currently running African Heritage UK which is a unique agency that delivers master classes, technique training, and mentoring for artists working within the genre

Jacqueline Logan BEM – For Services to same-sex Ballroom Dancing

Official Biography pending