Monday 26th October 2015, 10:01pm NSCD Principal featured in historic dance honours photo

The world of dance has proved to be a continuously flourishing industry, full of talent.Organised by Dance UK (organises the Honours Advisory Committee) and Dance Umbrella, this photograph represents over 40 top British dance professionals, who have all received honours for their services to dance. A familiar face features in this image, NSCD Principal Janet Smith, alongside other figures who have contributed so greatly to the dance world.

Janet has been representing NSCD for the past 3 years, and her constant drive and dedication to dance was recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours back in January when she was awarded an MBE. Another CDD Principal, Veronica Lewis (London Contemporary Dance School) also features in the photo and NSCD alumni will recognise Nadine Senior MBE, NSCD’s founding principal and Namron OBE Esq. who inspired NSCD students with his teaching for many years.

The dance leaders in this photo are striving to raise awareness and to inspire others to nominate dancers, choreographers, teachers and leaders who they believe have shown exceptional dedication to dance. The photo is dedicated to David Drew MBE, founder of Dance UK, who was a principal dancer and former member of the Royal Ballet who passed away on October 16th 2015.

Photo: Top Row Left to Right: Edward Watson MBE, Piali Ray OBE, Jeanetta Laurence OBE, Prue Skene CBE, Namron OBE Esq., Jeanette Siddall CBE, Fergus Early OBE, Peter Huggins MBE, Nadine Senior MBE, Linda Jasper MBE, Kiki Gale MBE, Deborah Baddoo MBE, Mark Baldwin OBE

Middle Row Left to Right: Marie McCluskey MBE, Nina Yadavan Rajarani MBE, Lea Anderson MBE, John Ashford CBE, Janet Smith MBE, Dr Scilla Dyke MBE, Colin Nears CBE, Cassa Pancho MBE, Deborah Bull CBE, Anthony Van Laast MBE, Veronica Lewis MBE, Dame Monica Mason, Kenneth Tharp OBE, Mira Kaushik OBE, Valerie Bourne CBE

Front Row Left to Right: Celeste Dandeker-Arnold OBE, Richard (Dick) Matchett MBE, Sheila Labhart OBE, Bisakha Sarker MBE, Lady Anya Sainsbury, Donald Whyte MacLeary OBE,Dame Beryl Grey, Dame Gillian Lynne, Robert Cohan CBE, Clement Crisp OBE, Janet Lewis MBE, Brenda Last OBE, Nilima Devi MBE, Douglas Squires OBE, Hazel Rayson MBE

Photo by Elliott Franks