Spotlight on dance of the African Diaspora

Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award

LTAA logoThe Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) Lifetime Achievement Award honours the outstanding contribution made by individuals to the practice and appreciation of African Diaspora dance in the UK and beyond.  Started by The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), the award serves as a tool through which to raise the profile of African Diasporic dance and fits into our long term strategic vision of moving the dance form from the margins to the mainstream. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are recognized by practitioners and advocates of African Peoples’ dance forms for dedicating their lives to building a legacy in the UK.

On Thursday 24 March 2016, ADAD honoured Beverley Glean with the 3rd Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the years each ceremony has brought together arts professionals and dance supporters to celebrate and reward creative excellence; showcasing the achievements and monumental contributions made to the British cultural offer in the field of African Diaspora dance by each previous winner and nominee. Previous nominees include: Carol Straker, Namron OBE Esq., Imani Jendai, Nii Tagoe and Mark Elie.

Derrick Anderson CBE, Jeanette Bain-Burnett, Peter Badejo OBE, Judith Palmer, and Jackie Guy MBE, Photo by Elaine Bandele

Derrick Anderson, Jeanette Bain-Burnett, Peter Badejo OBE, Judith Palmer and Jackie Guy MBE, CD at the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony Photo by Elaine Bandele

Spotlight on dance of the African diaspora

We are the only organisation to honour contributions to dance of the African diaspora in the UK.  In 2011, ADAD was proud to honour Jamaican-born dancer-choreographer and cultural activist Jackie Guy MBE CD for his contribution to the international cultural sector through his knowledge of Caribbean dance and music forms, and through his choreographic works. Later in 2013 Nigerian-born performer, choreographer, teacher and academic, Peter Badejo OBE received the 2nd Lifetime Achievement Award.