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Edward Watson awarded MBE for services to dance

Royal Ballet Principal dancer recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

13 June 2015 at 12.13pm | 9 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson has been awarded an MBE.

‘I am absolutely delighted that Edward has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to dance’, says Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare. ‘He has given many memorable performances across The Royal Ballet's repertory both in the UK and on tour with the Company to audiences around the world.’ Edward Watson adds, 'I’m so happy to receive this honour and I’d like to thank The Royal Ballet for enabling me to have this wonderfully rich and exciting career'.

This Season, Edward has performed in ballets including Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments  and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Edward is currently in the USA, where he is performing extracts from a mixed programme of new pieces with former New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan, as part of the Guggenheim's Works and Process series. The world premiere of the full mixed programme, Whelan/Watson: Other Stories, will be given in the Linbury Studio Theatre next month.

‘Edward is an extraordinary talent, and has created remarkable roles for the world's leading choreographers’, continues Kevin. ‘For many years a leading member of the Company, he is thoroughly deserving of this honour.’

Edward started dancing at just three years old, joining The Royal Ballet School aged 11. He graduated to The Royal Ballet in 1994 and became a Principal in 2005. He has won acclaim for his interpretations of roles including Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Romeo, The Chosen One (The Rite of Spring) and Woyzeck (Different Drummer), and has created numerous roles for The Royal Ballet's Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.

In 2012, Edward won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his role as Gregor Samsa in Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis, while earlier this year, he was awarded Best Dancer for his role as King Leontes in Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale at the Benois de la Danse awards in Moscow.

Find out what performances Edward Watson has coming up with The Royal Ballet.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

13 June 2015 at 12.13pm

This article has been categorised Awards, Dance and tagged award, awards, Ballet, Edward Watson, Queen's Honours, Services to Dance, The Royal Ballet

This article has 9 comments

  1. Janet Mayberry responded on 14 June 2015 at 3:26am Reply

    Many congratulations, Ed, on being awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Wow! I am absolutely delighted to hear the news. Very well deserved! Cheers and celebrations!
    Janet xx

  2. W J Owen responded on 14 June 2015 at 5:47pm Reply

    Well done Ed. You deserve it!

  3. Angela Hurlstone responded on 15 June 2015 at 8:30am Reply

    Wonderful news. It is always such a treat to see Ed dance. His grace and style is truly special. He is a superb ambassador for the Royal Ballet. Very Many congratulations and Bravo Ed!

  4. Jakegee responded on 15 June 2015 at 1:21pm Reply

    Heartiest congratulations, Ed, on this well deserved award in recognition of your amazing career in dance. Also wonderful news that you recently were awarded in the Benois Awards! Your unique talents are receiving due merits. Long may we continue to enjoy seeing your performances at the Royal Opera House and beyond!

  5. Stephanie Burgess responded on 18 June 2015 at 4:20pm Reply

    Many, many congratulations - your dancing gives such pleasure to so many, this award is richly deserved.

  6. Juliet Chaplin responded on 18 June 2015 at 4:57pm Reply

    Well done! I was so pleased to read Ed's name in the List. Very well deserved.

  7. Peter J Bull responded on 18 June 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

    Quite a superlative danser and great to see him recognised.

  8. Roberta Rayner responded on 19 June 2015 at 2:42pm Reply

    This is simply wonderful news - richly deserved. Whilst on a backstage tour, I had the privilege of watching Edward at rehearsal close up, with glass between I hasten to add! He is even more impressive close up!! A true star.

  9. Gillian Million responded on 5 July 2015 at 8:19am Reply

    Congratulations to Ed. He is such a talented dancer and I love watching him dance.

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