Jane Attenborough Award Winner: Jeanette Siddall CBE
Jeanette Siddall started her career as a pioneer of the community dance movement. From there, her influence spread to a national level – taking on strategic roles including Director of Dance for Arts Council England.
Jeanette 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.
She was the first full time Director of Dance UK and set up the pioneering alliance with the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora enabling it to survive, gain stability and eventually become an Nation Portfolio Organisation in 2011.
Jeanette has helped so many in the dance sector. She has been a board member of National Youth Dance Trust, Swindon Dance, Candoco Dance Company, Bonnie Bird Awards, Chair of the Foundation for Community Dance, and an Olivier Awards judge.
On presenting the award, Dance UK’s Director, 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.”
Jeanette said after winning the Dance UK Industry Award: “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.”