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Choreographer Richard Alston to receive honorary degree for contribution to dance

Richard Alston Richard Alston, with Ajani Johnson-Goffe, during rehearsals for the 20th anniversary celebration of Richard Alston Dance Company. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Contemporary choreographer Richard Alston has been recognised for his contribution to dance with an honorary degree from the University of Kent.

Alston, who launched his own company, the Richard Alston Dance Company, in 1994 and is the current artistic director of the Place in London, has been described by the university as “one of the most influential choreographers in dance”.

He has created more than 40 dance works for his company over the last 20 years, and was made a CBE in 2001.

He also received the top accolade – the De Valois award for outstanding achievement – at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2009.

Alston will receive a doctor of the university degree at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on November 20.