News: Dance UK Industry Award 2006

Wednesday 28 September 2005

Now in its third year, the Dance UK Industry Award aims to highlight the many important but often unacknowledged contributions that make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen. If you know of someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to move dance forward and enable the dance art form to thrive, Dance UK would be glad to receive your nomination.

Last year’s winner, Dick Matchett, freelance arts consultant, received the award in recognition of his unflagging commitment to dance expressed through his extensive support of emerging dance artists and professionals, with whom he generously shares his considerable knowledge and experience, and through the time that he has given to many organisations as a board member. The first winner of the award was Theresa Beattie, Director of Artist Development at The Place.

Hosted by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, this special award will honour an individual working in dance that has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. The person could be a dance manager, a designer, a critic – in fact anyone – who, through their knowledge, skill and generosity, has made a significant contribution to dance beyond the scope of their usual role.

To nominate someone for this award, please send your nomination to: or Dance UK Industry Award, c/o Dance UK, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN.

You need to include the name of the person you are nominating along with a statement of no more than 200 words – saying why you feel this person should win the award. You should also let us know where the person is based or where he or she can be contacted. Please note that due to the scope of this award, only nominations for individuals working within the dance industry can be accepted.

All nominations must be received by 28 October 2005.

Nominations will be considered by a panel of judges who will decide upon the shortlist and the winner. The Award will be announced as part of the National Dance Awards at the Royal Opera House on 19 January 2006.

Dance UK are also supporting the National Dance Awards’ Audience Prize, in which audience members can vote for their favourite dancer.

Details of both awards can be found on

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