MBE for IRIE! dance theatre’s Artistic Director
IRIE! dance theatre is delighted to announce that its founder and Artistic Director Beverley Glean has been awarded an MBE for services to the promotion of African and Caribbean dance.
Beverley Glean has been working in the field of dance, in particular African Peoples Dance, for over 30 years. Trained at the Laban Centre London (now Trinity Laban), The Jamaica School of Dance and The Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba; she has continued her training and development in dance and culture by working alongside artists from West Africa, Europe, America, and the Caribbean. Beverley founded IRIE! dance theatre in 1985 and the company pioneered the move towards representing and promoting reggae music and its nuances on stage.
Naturally over the years, IRIE! has grown in stature. As well as its touring dance theatre company, it has developed a much sought-after education and community outreach programme. The company developed the only accredited course in African and Caribbean Dance in the UK (1998-2001) and its current partnership with City and Islington College plus the London Metropolitan University for the Foundation Degree in Dance has been on-going since 2008.
Speaking about her award Beverley Glean said:
“I am delighted to receive the MBE both for myself and for the dance sector. It is an acknowledgement of my commitment and those that have worked with me for the advancement of African and Caribbean dance in the UK. It is extremely, humbling when your achievements are recognised and valued for their impact on the communities you serve.
It is my hope that this recognition will go some way to further support the critical work of dance and diversity in performance, education and social interaction. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone that has supported, championed and celebrated my development through the years.”