Australian Cypriot honoured in the Queens birthday honours list

Melbournian, Lee Christofis has been awarded this year in the category Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the performing arts, and dance in specific.

Lee Christofis has been a leading dance critic and arts commentator in Australia for more than 25 years. He is a long-time advocate for dance, has served eight years as Ausdance National Vice President and is an Honorary Life Member of Ausdance. Lee is a recipient of a Victorian Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for MAMAS, the Multicultural Arts Marketing Ambassadors Strategy which he designed and delivered in conjunction with the Australia Council. After twelve years in early childhood education and welfare, Lee joined the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne where he taught twentieth century dance history, arts criticism and arts management. He has been the Curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia since 2006 and received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 2009.

Lee was born in Brisbane Australia in 1948 his father was from the village of Odou in Larnaca,he attended Brisbane State High after a brief career as a ballet dancer , he became the first male kindergarten teacher to graduate in Queensland.Has been a dance critic since 1981