Dance alumnus awarded NZ Order of Merit

Garry Trinder (portrait)New Zealand School of Dance Director and Trinity Laban Masters' graduate, Garry Trinder, has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, in recognition of his services to dance.

Born in England, Garry trained at the Royal Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Maurice Béjart's MUDRA. As a dancer, he worked with Scottish Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and London City Ballet. Gary's extensive career includes six years as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet and two years as director of dance at South Africa's NAPAC Dance Company. He was appointed director of the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998.

Garry holds a master's degree from Trinity Laban, and is associated with many international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City.

Garry said: "Studying at postgraduate level at Trinity Laban was a fantastic opportunity for me. I had enjoyed years of practical experience but relished the opportunity the MA programme allowed to consolidate a theoretical underpinning.

"The course that had an enduring impact was Dance Politics, run by Dr Val Rimmer. Val was an inspiration to me and her learning remains with me today. There's not a day that goes by where I don't count myself fortunate to have benefitted from her wise counsel. The Trinity Laban experience overall was invaluable in crystallising and focussing my thoughts and energy in a new direction."

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