Former Trinity Laban student Vangelis Legakis was presented with an award at the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Awards 2010. The ceremony took place on Monday 11 October within the Sunley Pavilion, The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. The awards were presented by renowned choreographer Rosemary Butcher who was introduced by BBCF Chair Nicky Molloy.
Vangelis Legakis, who studied Dance Theatre BA (hons) and MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban, received the Marion North Mentoring Scheme which is designed to provide additional support from established choreographers and professionals within the industry. He will be mentored by Gill Clarke who will offer guidance and experience encouraging Vangelis to flourish and further expand the parameters of contemporary dance. Josephine Lott also received this award and will be mentored by Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland.
Lucy Guerin received the 2009/2010 biennial International Award, which provides a commission for a choreographer to work with graduate dancers from Transitions Dance Company, based at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Emerging choreographers Cindy Claes, Bethanie Harrison and Anusha Subramanyam were each presented with a UK New Choreography Award in recognition of the overwhelming potential of their innovative choreographic abilities. The awards of £1500 help to provide support for rising talent within UK choreography and will allow this year's winners to pursue their ambitions and visions within the field.
The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund was established in 1985 to support and promote innovative choreographers in Britain, Europe and America. Bonnie Bird was a member of the original Martha Graham Dance Company, becoming one of the first recognised teachers of the Graham technique. She taught many dance luminaries, including the unrivalled Merce Cunningham, continually stressing the equal importance of practical and theoretical elements in the training of dance professionals. On the occasion of Bonnie Bird's 70th birthday, friends and colleagues from around the world gave generous donations to mark her 50-year involvement in dance. She used these contributions to establish the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.