15 May 2014 at 6.59pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Academy of Dance will award its highest honour – the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – to the Royal Ballet, 60 years after the award's inauguration.
The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding services to ballet and its first recipient was founder of The Royal Ballet, Ninette de Valois, in 1954.
This year's prize will be presented at a fundraising dinner for the RAD's Genée International Ballet Competition on 4 September. Former Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell will host the event and the award will be accepted by Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare.
The proceeds of the event will create means-tested bursaries for future Genée competition candidates. Former medallists include Lauren Cuthbertson (Silver medal, 2001) and Steven McRae (Gold medal, 2002).
Kevin O’Hare, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet, said:
‘On behalf of everyone associated with The Royal Ballet, I would like to say what a great honour it is that the Company has been chosen as recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award this year. 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the presentation of the first award to our founder, Dame Ninette de Valois in 1953 and it is particularly appropriate that during the evening funds will be raised for the Genée International Ballet Competition, which does so much to discover and encourage the finest young dancers and potential stars of the future from around the world.’
The Genée International Ballet Competition will take place from 18-27 September 2014.