News: Dance UK Industry Award winner - Jeanette Siddall

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Jeanette Siddall. Photo: John Ross

The Dance UK Jane Attenborough Industry Award (named in memory of Dance UK’s founder, who died in 2004) honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form and who, through their knowledge, skill and generosity, has had a significant effect on dance. This year’s winner is Jeanette Siddall, who started her career in community dance and went on to take up strategic roles as the first full time Director of Dance UK and Director of Dance for Arts Council England.

Presenting the award as part of the National Dance Awards at The Place on Monday (28 January), the current Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller said:

“Jeanette is one of the most open and generous dance professionals working in our industry, giving her time, advice, support and even personal financial donations to the sector, above and beyond her extensive professional roles.
This year’s award is particularly personal to Dance UK because when we lost our regular Arts Council funding 18 months ago, it was Jeanette’s generous support writing funding applications, giving me advice and support whenever I needed a friendly voice on the phone which was invaluable. No matter what she was working on, she always found time to help.”

Over the years she has worked with many dance organisations. She was instrumental in the development and creation of the Centres for Advanced Dance Training and Youth Dance England. She wrote a module for the Royal Academy of Dance on politics, society and youth dance. At Dance UK she set up an alliance with the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, enabling it thrive and eventually become a National Portfolio Organisation in 2011. She has been a board member of the National Youth Dance Trust, Swindon Dance, Candoco Dance Company, Bonnie Bird Awards, Chair of the Foundation for Community Dance, and an Olivier Awards judge.

After being presented with the award Jeanette said: “I’m truly surprised to receive this very special award. I feel the luckiest person to have had such a great career. Thank you to everyone for the amazing performances, brilliant dancers and everyone working in all aspects of dance who it has been my privilege to know and to work with.”

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