News: Dance UK Industry Award

Wednesday 14 January 2004

The first Dance UK Industry Award was presented as part of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards at Sadlers Wells on 13 January to Theresa Beattie, Director of Artist Development at The Place.

The Dance UK Industry Award has been set up this year, to be awarded to an individual who makes important but often unacknowledged contributions that make a real difference to the way dance is created, supported and seen. Dance UK invited members of the dance profession to write in to nominate people whose behind-the-scenes work they felt deserved recognition.
Theresa Beattie joined The Place Artist Development (then known as TPDS) in 1995. The department is recognised for high quality research and development and production initiatives, including ‘Choreodrome’ and ‘Hothouse’, and Associate Artists and Choreographer in Residence schemes. It provides information and advice to independent dance professionals in the UK and abroad via its ‘Juice’ listings magazine and a range of subscriber services including one-to-one advice surgeries. The portfolio also includes Dance on Screen, the UK’s largest festival of dance created for the camera, digital editing and recording facilities for dance film makers, and the production of dance films for use in education with the ‘Movers and Shakers’ and ‘Set Step’ series.

Ms Beattie said today: “I’m delighted to accept this award as acknowledgement that the dance artists we work with both need and appreciate the support that we give them.”

*Nigel Hinds*, Interim Executive Director of The Place, said: “I’m thrilled that Theresa’s dedication and great achievement has been recognised by this very special award. Her tireless work in support of dance artists is an example to all of us lucky enough to work alongside her.”

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