Submitted by Katie on Wed, 2016-12-14 11:07

Principal Veronical Lewis receives award at People Dancing's 30th anniversary

Last night People Dancing, the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance, announced the awarding of 30 Honorary Life Memberships to mark its 30th anniversary, in 2016. The awards, made to some of the people who have made an exceptional contribution to community dance and People Dancing, were announced at a special 30th anniversary celebration event held at Cecil Sharp House, London, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Veronica Lewis, Principal of London Contemporary Dance School and one of the award winners said:

"I feel really honoured to be awarded an honorary life membership of People Dancing. The last 30 years have witnessed a huge explosion of community dance throughout the country. The wonderful thing about dance is that it can involve any body and any ability. Everyone can express themselves through movement and everyone can enjoy dancing with others if they will only give it a chance!"

Among the other award winners acknowledged for their commitment to community dance and impact in the field was The Place's former Director of Creative Learning Partnerships, Chris Thompson.

The 30 award winners are:

1 Diane Amans 2 Sujata Bannerjee 3 Ken Bartlett 4 Carol Brown 5 Dr Susanne Burns 6 Kate Castle 7 Sanjeevini Dutta 8 Scilla Dyke MBE 9 Fergus Early OBE 10 Kiki Gale MBE 11 Karen Gallagher MBE 12 Beverley Glean 13 Gill Greystone 14 Linda Jasper MBE 15 Veronica Jobbins 16 Isabel Jones 17 Rosemary Lee 18 Prof Veronica Lewis MBE 19 Royston Maldoom OBE 20 Marie McCluskey MBE 21 Cecilia Macfarlane 22 Tamara McLorg 23 Jane Mooney 24 Judith Palmer 25 Philip Piggin 26 Bisakha Sarker MBE 27 Wolfgang Stange 28 Jayne Stevens 29 Chris Thomson 30 Ruth Till MBE.

The 30th anniversary event also saw the launch of a People Dancing fundraising campaign to creative a living archive of community dance practice. Titled The Museum of Us: Capturing community dance for future years, this joint project with researchers at De Montfort University, Leicester looks to capture and interpret community and participatory dance practices developed over the last 30 years to create an online resource.

Image: (left to right, sitting/kneeling) Kiki Gale MBE, Christopher Thomson, Fergus Early OBE, Cecilia Macfarlane, Karen Gallagher MBE, Royston Maldoom OBE, Isabel Jones, Tamara McLorg. (Left to right standing) Kate Castle, Dr Susanne Burns, Sanjeevini Dutta, Marie McCluskey MBE, Carol Brown, Professor Veronica Lewis MBE, Bisakha Sarker MBE, Scilla Dyke MBE, Ken Bartlett, Veronica Jobbins, Beverley Glean, Jayne Stevens, Diane Amans, Jane Mooney, Ruth Till MBE
Not present: Sujata Bannerjee, Gil Graystone, Linda Jasper, Rosemary Lee,  Judith Palmer, Philip Piggin, Wolfgang Stange.