Flexus Udance17. Photo by Brian Slater

The 23 Awards, to be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 24 November in Leeds, will recognise the outstanding contribution of people working in the dance sector.

This annual event is an opportunity for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape.

Categories include

Leeds Dance Partnership Award –  sponsored by Leeds Dance Partnership
Outstanding Dance Programming Award – sponsored by ISTD
Innovation in Dance Award – sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Dance Writing Award
Dance on Screen – Impact Award
Best Use of Dance by a Brand Award
Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award – sponsored by Dancewear Central
Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award
Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award

Inspirational Work in Education Award (for organisations)
Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award
Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award
Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching)
Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award

Dance Science Award – sponsored by Birmingham Royal Ballet
Dance Healthcare Team Award
Research in Dance – Impact Award
Dance Advocacy Award – sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance
People’s Choice Award
Dance Personality of the Year Award
Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award –  supported by Derrick Anderson
Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education/Participation Award – sponsored by Harlequin Floors
Jane Attenborough Award – Outstanding Contribution to Dance

One Dance UK’s CEO Andrew Hurst comments:

“We’re thrilled to be launching the very first One Dance UK Awards. There is no shortage of exceptional talent and drive in the dance sector, but the hard work of many individuals and organisations often goes unrecognised. We hope the Awards will present a new and unique opportunity for such dedication to finally be acknowledged, and to bring members and supporters together to celebrate the outstanding contribution so many people across the sector make to dance throughout the UK.”

One Dance UK has previously hosted the Dance Teaching Awards, recognising the astonishing impact of dance teachers across the country; gifted the Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award, part of the Critics’ Circle annual National Dance Awards; and celebrated the Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of outstanding work in the form.

Nominations for the Awards are open from April 29 to coincide with International Dance Day. For further information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.onedanceuk.org or contact One Dance UK’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Susi Pink, on susi.pink@onedanceuk.org