One Dance UK Announces One Dance UK Awards on International Dance Day

One Dance UK, the country’s advocate organisation for dance, has announced the launch of its first-ever awards ceremony to celebrate many individuals and organisations working in the field of dance today.

The 23 awards, to be presented at a ceremony on 24 November in Leeds, will recognise the outstanding contribution of people working in the dance sector. This annual event is an opportunity for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape.

Categories include:

Leeds Dance Partnership Award – sponsored by Leeds Dance Partnership

Outstanding Dance Programming Award – sponsored by ISTD

Innovation in Dance Award – sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Dance Writing Award

Dance on Screen – Impact Award

Best Use of Dance by a Brand Award

Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award – sponsored by Dancewear Central

Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award

Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award

Inspirational Work in Education Award (for organisations)

Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award

Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award

Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching)

Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award

Dance Science Award – sponsored by Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dance Healthcare Team Award

Research in Dance – Impact Award

Dance Advocacy Award – sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance

People’s Choice Award

Dance Personality of the Year Award

Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award – supported by Derrick Anderson

Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education/Participation Award – sponsored by Harlequin Floors

Jane Attenborough Award – Outstanding Contribution to Dance

The first One Dance UK Awards recognises that there is no shortage of exceptional talent and drive in the dance sector, but the hard work of many individuals and organisations often goes unrecognised. The Awards aim to present a new and unique opportunity for such dedication to be acknowledged, and to lead members and supporters in celebrating the outstanding contribution so many people across the sector make to dance throughout the UK.

One Dance UK has previously hosted the Dance Teaching Awards, recognising the impact of dance teachers across the country; gifted the Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award, part of the Critics’ Circle annual National Dance Awards; and celebrated the Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of outstanding work in the form.

Nominations for the Awards are now open.