Royal Academy of Dance President Darcey Bussell CBE is to be made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.
The New Year’s Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
Darcey Bussell was appointed President of the RAD in 2012. She was formerly a Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, the youngest ballerina to be given this accolade at the time. Darcey retired from The Royal Ballet in 2007 with a final performance of MacMillan’s Song of the Earth at the Royal Opera House and broadcast live on BBC Two. Darcey was made an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2006.
In addition to her role as judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, she has been featured in television documentaries including the BBC’s Britain’s Ballerina (2005) and appeared in numerous televised ballet galas and TV programmes. In 2012 Darcey came out of retirement to lead a troupe of 300 ballerinas in the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. She continues to inspire dancers around the world in her role as President of the RAD.
Guy Perricone, Chairman of the RAD said:
“In Darcey Bussell, we have a passionate, distinguished and devoted president. Generous with her time, she presides over every event with the poise and precision for which she was so famous as a dancer. Darcey applies her huge influence to inspire people of all ages with her love and knowledge of dance. At the Royal Academy of Dance, we are tremendously grateful for all she does, and are incredibly proud of her today. This honour is truly deserved, and the Board and staff around the world congratulate her.”
Darcey follows in the footsteps of former RAD Presidents and eminent dancers Dame Adeline Genée, Dame Margot Fonteyn, and Dame Antoinette Sibley.
(Pictured: RAD Chairman, Guy Perricone, President, Dame Darcey Bussell, and Chief Executive, Luke Rittner CBE).