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Major accolade for Barnsley dance hero Gary Clarke

Added on: 28th June, 2017 by John_2904

Major accolade for Barnsley dance hero Gary Clarke

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Wed, 28 June 2017

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NATIONALLY acclaimed and prize winning Barnsley dancer, choreographer and director Gary Clarke has been awarded another major accolade.

Gary, the man behind the critically acclaimed COAL - created to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike and now receiving rave reviews across Britain - is one of the recipients of the inaugural Northern School of Contemporary Dance Honorary Fellowships.

The prestigious titles, which represent the highest award the School can currently bestow, are awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the school, contemporary dance and the cultural ecology at large.

The awards will be conferred at NSCD’s Graduation on Saturday July 8, which includes performances from the school’s graduating students and a prize-giving ceremony.

This event, celebrating graduate achievement, is also a chance for audiences to hear about, and from, the honourees.

The creation of these awards is a new initiative for NSCD, which currently provides the only conservatoire-level professional dance training in the North of England.

Gary, who grew up in Grimethorpe near Barnsley and still lives in the former mining community that inspired his most famous work, graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2001 and is currently regarded as one of the UK's leading independent dance artists.

His most recent production, COAL, a visceral work that explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry, has recently earned him a UK National Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance and a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company

“I feel very honoured and privileged to be receiving this prestigious award from NSCD and take great pride in being one of the school’s alumni,” Gary said.

“As an ex-student of the school, my training gave me the solid foundations to build the career I have today and I have a lot to thank the school for.

“I will continue to support the school and its students in the future and I very much look forward to receiving the award.”

Janet Smith MBE, NSCD Principal, said: “These awards are an opportunity to recognise, publicly, these inspiring role models, whose outstanding contributions also exemplify the values and ethos of NSCD.”

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