Senior Research Fellow Rosemary Butcher was recognised for services to contemporary dance in the recent Queen's birthday honours list.
The ground breaking choreographer said she was 'delighted and overwhelmed' by the honour, but that it wouldn't change her ambitions or her focus on the experimental side of contemporary dance and visual arts.
"It is very important to me to keep teaching in order to redefine what I'm doing," she added. "Teaching has had a profound influence on me and has always worked side-by-side with the choreography."
Over four decades in the field of contemporary dance, Rosemary has combined teaching and research with the creation of more than 50 works which have been presented worldwide, leading to a global reputation for innovation. An independent artist, she has developed her own unique movement language and choreographic structure.
A dance lecturer at Trent Park campus in 1975, Rosemary returned to Middlesex in 2004 as a senior researcher, having previously worked in a number of academic posts across the UK.
"Susan Melrose was the professor working with me at the time (2004), and she gave me huge opportunities to develop my own work and also helped me to secure funding. This research continued throughout the Research Assessment Exercise and the Research Excellence Framework, to which I was able to submit my publication and output. The University has helped terrifically in enabling me to put forward these works."
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