News: Jane Attenborough DanceUK Industry Award

Friday 7 December 2007

Do you know someone who has devoted themselves to working in dance, perhaps behind the scenes in an unstarry, unrecognised role?

Voting is now open for the 2007 Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award which honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. All nominations must be recieved by Friday 14 December 07.

Nominations for the award can be made by anybody, whether they work in the dance industry or not. 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. Dance UK say : ‘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.’

The award was founded in 2003 and previous winners include Dick Matchett (2004) Arts Consultant, Theresa Beattie (2003) Arts Consultant, Brendan Keaney (2005) Director of Greenwich Dance Agency, and Val Bourne (2006) founding Director of Dance Umbrella.

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 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards at the Royal Opera House, London, on 22 January 2008.

Nominations should be sent to:

Dance UK Industry Award,

c/o Sian McAulay, Dance UK, Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4QT.

Or via email to

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. People who have been nominated in previous years but have not won can be nominated again. Only nominations for individuals working within the dance industry can be accepted.

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