bbodance President Dame Beryl Grey has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017. She has been become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) - an accolade afforded to no more than a maximum of 65 people, awarded for having made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.
Beryl began ballet at the age of four. Aged ten, she was given a scholarship to the Vic-Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s Wells Ballet four years later. In 1957 she made ballet history, dancing Odette/Odile with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and Giselle with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.
She continued to dance as a guest ballerina with companies throughout the world until the mid-1960s. In 1966 she became director general of the Arts Educational School, and Governor of London Festival Ballet, where she was later artistic director (1968-79).
Beryl has received numerous honorary doctorates in recognition for her work. She was awarded the CBE in 1973 and created a Dame of the same order in 1988.
Everyone at bbodance is thrilled that such a special lady has been recognised in this way.