New Year’s Honours List 2019 - Dance
8 January 2020
Dance and the Arts were once again recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing would like to congratulate the following on their recognition in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Kate Flatt OBE – For Services to Choreography
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. Kate was a lecturer on the ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy course. Melanie Curtis, Head of UK Examinations, recently reviewed Kate's book Choreography for the current issue of DANCE magazine.
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.
The award of Knighthood to David Bintley, 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. David is also Patron of the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Society.
Also recognised were:
Shobana Jeyasingh CBE – For Services to dance
Stephen Mear CBE – For Services to dance
David Toole OBE – For services to Dance and People with Disabilities
Judith Rose Palmer MBE – For Services to Dance
Jacqueline Logan BEM – For Services to same-sex Ballroom Dancing