News: Caroline Miller steps down as Director of Dance UK

Wednesday 20 January 2016 by Denise Drake

Caroline Miller, Dance UK
Photo: Rick Senley

Caroline Miller, Director of Dance UK, the national advocacy organisation for the dance sector, will leave at the end of March 2016, after 10 years and the completion of the merger of four dance support bodies to create One Dance UK. The merger of Dance UK, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England to form One Dance UK will take place on 1 April 2016, forming a stronger specialist support organisation for the sector.

“I am immensely proud of what I and my colleagues have achieved over the last decade at Dance UK,” said Caroline Miller today. “Dance now has a voice at the heart of policy making and government. This merger and the creation of One Dance UK will only strengthen the sector, but after a ten years leading Dance UK, it is time for someone else to take the new organisation forward and for me to move on to other opportunities. Working at Dance UK has been a privilege and I look forward to the exciting plans One Dance UK has for the next three years and seeing the new organisation thrive. I will be supporting One Dance UK as a member.”

Julian Flitter, Chair of Dance UK said: “I have always thoroughly enjoyed working with Caroline. Despite the many challenges Dance UK has faced over the years she has always shown strong leadership, keen management and a clear vision, all carried out with good humour. I wish her all the very best in her next endeavour and am really looking forward to working with the new CEO as we move on to become part of One Dance UK.”

Miller became Director of Dance UK in January 2006 with the remit to transform the organisation into the lead advocacy body for the industry. During her tenure she has presented two dance manifestos to government, worked with politicians to create the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group and established the Honours Advisory Committee ensuring a diverse range of dance professionals are nominated for the honours lists.

Her major achievements include the 2015 industry wide conference with over 125 speakers in 8 London venues, and working with Helen Laws and Dance UK’s partners to create the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, (including three NHS dancers’ injury clinics), which resulted in Miller and Laws being included in the Evening Standard’s list of 1,000 most influential Londoners. In 2010 she proposed the merger of Dance UK and other dance support organisations to provide an improved, financially viable infrastructure for dance, leading to the creation of One Dance UK. In 2011 Miller was selected for the prestigious De Vos Institute of Arts Management International Fellowship in Washington DC.

Sue Wyatt, Chairman of One Dance UK commented: “During her ten years as Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller’s contribution to dance has been truly remarkable. Dance is now considered and discussed at every level of government, and enjoys a new level of credibility. Caroline leaves strong foundations in so many areas for One Dance UK to build upon, as the new organisation responds to the particular challenges of the 21st century.”

The new Director of One Dance UK will be announced shortly.

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