Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award
Awarded forContributions to ballet and dance
Country United Kingdom
Presented byRoyal Academy of Dance
First awarded1953

The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award is an honour presented annually by the Royal Academy of Dance, to people who have made a significant contribution to the ballet and dance industry. The award was instituted by Dame Adeline Genee in 1953, to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and her appointment as Royal Patron of the Academy. The first winner of the award was Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School. The award has since been presented to a number of notable people, and is recognised as the highest honour awarded by the Academy.


The award was shared in 1963, 1966 and 2009, and in 2014 was awarded to a ballet company, rather than an individual. The full list of winners is:available at the RAD website.


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