Maria de Assis Carreiro was born on the Azores (Portugal) and grew up in Canada. In 1994 she moved to the U.K. Between 2000 and 2012, she was artistic leader and general director of DanceEast. In September 2012, she continued her career in Flanders where she became artistic director of the Ballet van Vlaanderen.
Carreiro will now become an MBE for services to dance and will be received in Buckingham Palace for the ceremony on 14 March. "I am delighted by the news and it's a wonderful way to start the new year", she was quoted as saying.
This year, the Ballet of Flanders will feature the major production "Romeo and Julia" (from 13 February) and "Beyond the Tutu" (from 16 April).