Dame Monica Mason, Honorary Chairman of the Jury


Monica Mason is former Director of The Royal Ballet, a position she held 2002–12. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and entered the Company aged 16, becoming the Company’s youngest member. Mason was appointed Répétiteur to Kenneth MacMillan in 1980, Principal Répétiteur to The Royal Ballet in 1984, Assistant Director in 1991 and Director in December 2002, the same year Mason was awarded an OBE and in 2008 was created a Dame Commander for her services to dance. In 2014 she became Chairman of The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund whose working title is the Dance Professionals Fund.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Royal Ballet in 2006 she and Christopher Newton revived the Company’s iconic 1946 staging of The Sleeping Beauty.