Jonathan Cope (dancer)
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to Ballet. He is married to the Portuguese-born ballerina Maria Almeida, also a former Royal Ballet dancer.
Jonathan Cope was involved in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, alongside fellow former Principal dancer and partner Darcey Bussell, who returned from retirement exclusively for this piece; Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Bussell flew to the stage on a flaming phoenix and when landing was met by Gary Avis, Jonathan Cope, Edward Watson (dancer) and Nehemiah Kish – and over 200 ballet dancers – including Kei Akahoshi, Ellie Sharpe and Chantel Roulston from English National Ballet, dancing en pointe to Spirit of the Flame, composed by David Arnold.
- "Q&A: Jonathan Cope on The Prince of the Pagodas". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "New Year Honours: Order of the British Empire". The Independent. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- Marks, Kathy (26 July 1992). "Return of a star who quit: Jonathan Cope retired from the Royal Ballet aged 27. Now he is set for a comeback. Kathy Marks hears why". The Independent. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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