News: DanceUK Industry Award

Friday 24 November 2006

Voting is now open for the 2006 Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award which honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form.

The award was founded in 2003 to highlight the important but often unacknowledged contributions made by individuals that make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen.

This year it has been renamed, in memory of Jane Attenborough, (Director of Dance UK from 1985 – 2000). Jane was a highly respected figure in the dance community whose hard work and commitment reflected the ethos of the Industry Award. She died in the 2004 Tsunami disaster.

Nominations for this year’s award can be made by anybody in the dance industry or from the public. Nominees should be individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to move dance forward and enable the art form to thrive. The person could be a dance manager, a designer, a teacher, 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. People who have been nominated in previous years but have not won can be re-nominated.

Previous winners include Dick Matchett (2003) Arts Consultant, Theresa Beattie (2004) Arts Consultant, and Brendan Keaney (2005) Director of Greenwich Dance Agency.

The nominations will be considered by a panel who will decide upon the shortlist and the winner.

The Award will be announced as part of the National Dance Awards at Sadler’s Wells on 25 January 2007.

Nominations for the award should be sent to: Dance UK Industry Award,

c/o Sian McAulay, Dance UK, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN, or via email to by Friday 22 December.

Nominations should include the name of the person nominated, along with a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why this person should win the award. Also state where the person is based or how he or she can be contacted. Only nominations for individuals working within the dance industry can be accepted.

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