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I have spotted that Pippa Moore, the former Premier Dancer with Northern Ballet, has been awarded an MBE. Many congratulations to her.

 

No doubt other awards will be uncovered by other forum members................

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Oh that’s nice. Arleen was the first jazz dance teacher I went to at the original Dance Centre in Floral st back in the 70’s! And she’s still going!....pleased for her. 

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I used to go to classes at the Dance Centre too LinMM, but classical ones, mainly Errol Addison and Maria Fay.  One of my friends from the same ballet school used to go to Arlene's classes and took me along - Arlene was lovely, but I was way too upright and classical!

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I mainly did ballet there too but with Roger Tully and was it John O Brian 🤔 and a Sunday class with Brian Loftus I think his name was .....it was such an age ago....but who had a very witty and funny pianist!!  I think I saw Arlene’s class through the window one day and thought I’d have a go and she seemed really nice as well. I used to founder around at the back mostly lol!  

One day Makarova was in one of the studios rehearsing so amazingly strong but tiny!! Happy days. 
 

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22 hours ago, capybara said:

I have spotted that Pippa Moore, the former Premier Dancer with Northern Ballet, has been awarded an MBE. Many congratulations to her.

 

No doubt other awards will be uncovered by other forum members................

 

So thrilled for Pippa Moore.

 

Pippa is still with Northern Ballet as an educator.  It is also her voice that you currently hear as the Marquise in Dangerous Liaisons and … she’s a Scouser!

 

Congratulations to all the awardees.

 

 

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I think it is long overdue that Mr Henry Danton be properly recognised for his contribution to ballet and a lifetime of achievements and influence both here and abroad. Any suggestions how one goes about starting the process to nominate him please?

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13 hours ago, LinMM said:

I mainly did ballet there too but with Roger Tully and was it John O Brian 🤔 and a Sunday class with Brian Loftus I think his name was .....it was such an age ago....but who had a very witty and funny pianist!!  I think I saw Arlene’s class through the window one day and thought I’d have a go and she seemed really nice as well. I used to founder around at the back mostly lol!  

One day Makarova was in one of the studios rehearsing so amazingly strong but tiny!! Happy days. 
 


Brian Loftus’. classes were usually accompanied by extraordinary pianist Cyril Addison who also accompanied Maryon Lane’s classes.  (And no doubt others).   I too attended those in the 80s/90s.  

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Press Release from Northern Ballet about Pippa Moore's MBE:

 

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Former Premier Dancer Samantha Pippa Moore 

receives MBE for services to dance

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Samantha Pippa Moore MBE. Photo Lisa Stonehouse.

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Former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Samantha Pippa Moore (stage name Pippa Moore) has received an MBE for services to dance in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced Saturday 12 June 2021.

 

Joining Northern Ballet as part of the corps de ballet in 1996, Pippa progressed through the ranks to Premier Dancer in 2009. Renowned for her technical skill and talents as an actress, Pippa gavepowerful and memorable performances, creating many roles in some of Northern Ballet's most popular original ballet including:  Young Cathy in Wuthering Heights; Wendy in Peter Pan; Clara in The Nutcracker; Stepmother in Cinderella; and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream for which the was nominated for Outstanding Female Artist (Classical) at the 2004 Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.  After an incredible 23 years with Northern Ballet, Pippa retired from the stage in June 2019 after creating her final role, Older Princess Beatrice in Cathy Marston's Victoria which was broadcast on the BBC and in cinemas nationwide and wind the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance in 2020.

 

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Samantha Pippa Moore MBE as Older Princess Beatrice in Victoria. Photo Justin Slee.

 

Pippa undertook a new role at Northern Ballet as Artistic & Learning Assistant, following years of mentoring younger colleagues and enriching Northern Ballet’s outreach work alongside her career as a dancer, including undergoing training as an audio describer. Pippa continues to develop and deliver Northern Ballet’s live audio descriptions and Touch Tours for the visually impaired, in addition to supporting the Learning department in making ballet accessible to more people. Pippa also works closely with the Academy of Northern Ballet, providing invaluable guidance for young students pursuing a professional career in dance. 

 

Upon hearing of her award, Pippa said: 'It is an immense honour to be recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to dance. I am so grateful to have had the long performing career that I had and since retiring, being able to focus on giving back, working with all those who wish to learn and engage with dance, regardless of age, ability or background. 

 

My heartfelt appreciation goes out to the colleagues, staff, friends, family and supporters who have shared this journey with me and made it possible. This award reflects Northern Ballet’s achievements, not just my own. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Company and I hope I can continue to make a positive contribution to the world of dance, which I believe is for everybody.

 

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Samantha Pippa Moore MBE as Clara in The Nutcracker. Photo Jason Tozer.

 

Northern Ballet's Artistic Director David Nixon OBE supported Pippa's nomination.  He said ‘I was delighted to hear this extraordinary news – an honour that Pippa is very worthy of receiving. Her achievements in dance and her contribution over a very long career set her aside as a unique artist. Pippa has played an integral part in the development of many of our ballets, leaving an incredible legacy for other dancers. Her work across our Academy, the Company and our Learning Department is invaluable, sharing generously her experience and wealth of knowledge to a new generation. I am absolutely thrilled for her.’

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5 hours ago, seymour said:

I think it is long overdue that Mr Henry Danton be properly recognised for his contribution to ballet and a lifetime of achievements and influence both here and abroad. Any suggestions how one goes about starting the process to nominate him please?

Excellent suggestion!

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17 hours ago, FionaE said:


Brian Loftus’. classes were usually accompanied by extraordinary pianist Cyril Addison who also accompanied Maryon Lane’s classes.  (And no doubt others).   I too attended those in the 80s/90s.  

Cyril Addison was the brother of Errol. Cyril was head of music at RBS and used to play for Errol's classes during school holidays. He was a real joy. The Dance Centre closed in the late 1970s and became The Sanctuary health spa. It was the end of an era!

 

Agreed, someone should start the process of nominating Danton.

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