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Former Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon awarded CBE

Former Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon has received a CBE for services to dance, in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2022. 

David Nixon CBE was Artistic Director of Northern Ballet from 2001 to 2022. During his time with the Company, 29 acclaimed full-length ballets and 23 one-act works were added to the repertoire, as well as 14 original full-length musical compositions. As a choreographer, David created 13 original full-length ballets for Northern Ballet including Wuthering HeightsA Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Gatsby and The Little Mermaid

Under David Nixon’s directorship, Northern Ballet’s reputation as a world-class dance company grew exponentially with several works shown in cinemas nationally and internationally. The significance of his leadership was recognised with several awards. He received Dance Europe’s Director of the Year award in 2003 and 2006, and in 2010 he was awarded an OBE for his services to dance in The Queen’s New Year Honours list. 

David Nixon CBE stepped down from his role as Artistic Director in Spring 2022, after 20 hugely successful years of artistic leadership. His successor Federico Bonelli, former Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet, took up the position of Artistic Director in May 2022. 

David Nixon CBE said:

“I am both thrilled and honoured to have been acknowledged in this very special Jubilee Queen’s honours with a CBE. I must thank all of you who have nominated me for this extraordinary award and say that I share it with all of my colleagues with whom I have worked with at Northern Ballet over the past 21 years. This is as much an acknowledgment of their passion and commitment to our beloved art form of Ballet and narrative dance as it is of my personal achievement.”

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