Look back at One Dance UK Awards 2020
The One Dance UK Awards 2020, hosted by Akosua Bowakye BEM, filmed in advance at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and premiered digitally to over 1000 viewers on Friday 27 November, was a night of celebration and sparkles. The Awards bought together the whole of the dance community to recognize the many people whose hard work and dedication is making a difference across the dance sector.
“I’m excited to be a part of this celebration of achievement in dance. Given what we as a sector–artists, practitioners, organisations–have been through in the last year, it feels more important than ever to come together, affirm how much we value each other, and highlight the quality, impact and importance of what we do for our local communities, country and the world.”
Director of Content & Audiences, Sadler’s Wells
List of judges of the One Dance UK Awards 2020
Producer, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Abi is the Producer at Birmingham Royal Ballet and is responsible for the facilitation of all new works for the company, as well as leading the world leading Ballet Now programme, with a commitment to expanding the breadth of new voices in the classical ballet genre by commissioning new works for makers at the largest scale. Prior to working for BRB Abi has worked as Dance Relationship Manager for Arts Council England for the Midlands and General Manager for Stopgap Dance Company after a successful career as a dancer. Abi is Chair of the Board of Advisors for We Are Epic and a Trustee of Stopgap Dance Company.
Assistant Artistic Director, Ballet Cymru
Amy trained in Australia, gaining her Solo Seal certificate (RAD) and Diploma in Dance. She joined Ballet Cymru in 1996 and danced a variety of roles with the company, and became Ballet Mistress in 2001. In 2009 she was awarded the Jane Attenborough Dance in Education Fellowship through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and became Assistant Artistic Director of Ballet Cymru in 2012. Amy teaches and choreographs throughout the UK and internationally and in 2009 completed a BA in English and Creative Arts. She has published articles for Dance Europe and Dance Australia magazines as well as a play written in 2009.Amy has choreographed and co-choreographed a number of works for the company and received her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning through DTAP and Trinity College London in 2012.
Former MP for High Peak
Andrew Bingham is a British Conservative Party politician and former Member of Parliament. He was first elected as the MP for High Peak in Derbyshire at the 2010 general election. During his time in Parliament, Andrew was a Member of Culture Media & Sport Select Committee and acted as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for International Development as well as to the Minister of State for Defence. Andrew was a former member of the Dance All Party Parliamentary Group and continues to be a keen supporter of dance.
Director of Content & Audiences, Sadler’s Wells
Ankur is the Director of Content & Audiences where he leads Sadler’s Wells’ teams dedicated to digital content and communications. Prior to that Ankur has worn many hats including that of Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company; actor at Wise Children, Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company; and dancer at DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh and National Dance Company of Wales. Ankur also proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Paines Plough.
Beverley Glean MBE
Artistic Director & CEO, IRIE! Dance Theatre
Beverley Glean has been working in the field of dance, in particular, Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) for over 30 years. She is passionate about the impact of African and Caribbean dance and movement culture on British society, Beverley founded IRIE! dance theatre in 1985, Since then the company has toured its performance work nationally and internationally; delivering comprehensive education and community outreach programmes that reach thousands of individuals annually. IRIE! dance theatre pioneered accredited training in African and Caribbean dance forms. The company delivers the UK’s only BA (Hons) in Diverse Dance Styles. In 2016 the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora honoured her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Beverley also received an M.B.E. by the Queen for services to the Promotion of African and Caribbean Dance in the same year.
Since graduating from Goldsmiths School Of Art in 1980, Chris Nash has built a reputation as ‘our most imaginative interpreter of dance’ (The Guardian). He has held over 70 exhibitions of his dance photographs around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the JF Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington.
His work has had such an impact on contemporary dance in England that he is the recipient of a Dance Umbrella/Time Out Award, the inscription on which reads: ‘For helping to make the face of dance more recognisable, this award is made to photographer extraordinaire Chris Nash’.
Freelance Dance Education Consultant
Upon graduating from Middlesex University with a B.Ed (Hons) in Dance, Claire taught in London for a number of years before joining Cheshire Dance firstly as an animateur, then progressing to the role of Director. After eight years she returned to education as an Advanced Skills Teacher and completed her MA in Dance Studies. Currently Claire combines a number of roles including Lead Dance Practitioner for Derbyshire, delivery of The Royal Opera House’s ‘Create & Dance’ programme alongside being a general freelancer. She has recently co-authored ‘Making A Move’ having previously published ‘First Steps in Teaching Dance’ for primary teachers. She also wrote and presented ‘Step by Step’ for BBC’s Teach in conjunction with One Dance UK & Cornucopia TV.
Director, Creative Learning Partnerships
Colin is passionate about providing children and young people from all backgrounds with rich opportunities to develop their engagement in arts and culture and nurture their creativity. He delivers a range of arts–based learning projects across the UK, works with organisations to develop and evaluate creative engagement programmes and delivers training for teachers and artists. He has produced the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival for the past 9 years. The event engages over 1200 children and young people from schools, colleges and community dance companies across the Yorkshire region.
A love of arts and culture has always been at the centre of Craig’s work. Since Graduating in 2007 with a BA Theatre Studies from Lancaster University, Craig has worked as a professional in video production. He has used his understanding of the cultural sectors to the benefit of his clients and developed a reputation for his knowledge of the requirements of cultural organisations and working with artists. Craig has worked as a consultant and trainer, being hired by the BBC Academy to be a lecturer on shortform content, and working with The Space to train staff and consultant on content development with organisations such as The National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and BBC New Creatives.
Trustee, One Dance UK
David is Executive Director of Audiences & Media at National Museums Liverpool and is responsible for exhibitions, marketing, digital, communications, fundraising, audience insights and partnerships for the group which comprises of eight world-class museums and galleries. He is also the Founder & Creative Director of The Great British Gala – an all new annual event that celebrates everyone and everything that makes dance great in Great Britain.
He previously worked as a consultant for the arts, culture and entertainment sectors developing and leading artistic, brand, marketing, technology and digital innovation programmes. Prior to this he was Director of Brand & Advocacy for Birmingham Royal Ballet where he oversaw sales, marketing, digital and communications. He was Head of Digital / Digital Editor-in-Chief for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 where he was responsible for developing a first of its kind citywide integrated ticketing platform alongside overseeing the successful implementation of integrated campaigns, content production and digital innovation initiatives. He has previously worked in similar roles for organisations including English National Ballet, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Royal Opera House and Rambert Dance Company.
David is a trustee for Hull based gig-theatre company Middle Child Theatre. Prior to establishing a successful career in his current field of work, David received professional dance training from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and went on to perform around the UK and overseas as well as choreographed for stage and screen.
Professor Emma Redding
Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban
Professor Emma Redding originally trained as a contemporary dancer performing for Tranz Dance Company in Hungary and for Rosalind Newman in Hong Kong. She is now Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, England. Emma has played a major role in developing dance science as a recognised field of study at university level, through her research, and through teaching internationally, as a founding partner of the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science and a past-member of the Board of Directors and Past-President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Emma teaches Exercise Physiology and Contemporary Dance Technique at Trinity Laban alongside her management and research work. She supervises undergraduate and graduate student projects as well as PhDs in areas such as dancer health, physiology, talent development, dance training and creativity.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and dance artist. Frequently collaborating with experts from across and beyond the arts, he has made film and live performances as frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. He’s currently leading a project with MicroRainbow International offering online dance workshops to LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. From 2018-2020, he was Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales. He is Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Freelance Dance Education Consultant / Practitioner
Recently retired from the University of Brighton, where she worked for many years with undergraduate and postgraduate initial teachers training Dance and Physical Education students, Fiona Smith is now an education consultant and freelance practitioner. She has a breadth of experience supporting those delivering dance through regional and national workshop and conference delivery, leading continuing professional development for new and experienced teachers, writing resource materials and coordinating performance platforms. She is a tireless advocate of dance in education and former One Dance UK Expert Panel member and Executive member of the NDTA.
Managing Director, SpokenWord Limited
Frances Tipper is an entrepreneur and sales, communication and campaign specialist with a passion and ability for developing the skills of business professionals so they can achieve their goals. Frances founded her own company, SpokenWord Limited, in 2002 and delivers all aspects of business persuasion training from Presentation, Negotiation, Communication, Influence and Persuasion to developing successful Media Campaigns. A large part of her work involves working with entrepreneurs in the creative art industries – developing their marketing and pitching skills to a range of different audiences including investors, producers, local, regional authorities, joint ventures and potential buyers.
Dr ‘Funmi Adewole
Lecturer in Dance, De Montfort University
‘Funmi Adewole is a performer, dramaturge, writer and lecturer. She gained her PhD in Dance Studies at De Montfort University where she lectures. Her research interests include the use of African and Diaspora dance forms in theatrical and professional contexts. She has an international reputation as an advocate for Dance and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Dance of the African Diaspora in 2019.
Network Co-ordinator, Children & Young People’s Dance Network North
Gail holds a degree in dance and has worked in the performing arts for over 25 years. She has had a portfolio career including performing, community and outreach roles, programming, producing, tour booking, Festival and event management, commissioning dance, fundraising and developing International links through showcases and cross border working. Recent projects have included #DanceAcrosstheNorth working with the Northern Consortium of Rural Touring Schemes promoting diversity through a programmes of house concerts, performances, flashmobs and community engagement events. She also worked in Canada (2014-2016) creating content and developing artsengagecanada.ca website and community engaged dance initiatives with multiple performing arts centre venues for Ontario Presents and the Ontario Arts Council. Current roles include freelance project manager with Leeds Dance Partnership, and NSCD as Network Co-ordinator for CYPDNN (Children and Young People’s Dance Network North).
Co-Founder and Artistic Director, ACE Dance and Music
Gail was born in Leeds in 1970 and graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1996 with a BA Degree. After working for Kokuma Dance Company, Gail founded ACE dance and music with husband Ian Parmel in 1997. Gail’s career in dance and choreography spans three action packed decades, including 20 years as a choreographer, creating 11 successful touring productions with ACE dance and music. One of the UK’s hidden female talents, Gail combines captivating, energetic contemporary movement with African Caribbean dance forms, resulting in ACE dance and music being one of the most exciting, eclectic, and resilient dance companies in the UK. In 2018 Gail was shortlisted for One Dance UK’s Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award and in recognition of her contribution to the art form, Gail was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2019 and the University of Wolverhampton in 2020.
Learning & Participation Producer, National Dance Company Wales
Guy has a background in the Arts and Education. In his current role as The Learning and Participation Producer for NDCWales he supports the organisations mission of “Making brilliant dance with and for all kinds of people in all kinds of places, from Welsh town halls and community spaces to international stages and festivals. We dance indoors, outdoors and online.”
Programme Director, University of Wales Trinity St David
Welsh dance artist, Gwyn Emberton, has been working in contemporary dance for twenty years, as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, and more latterly as a producer and dramaturg for international project iCoDaCo. He is the Artistic Director of Gwyn Emberton Dance, the Programme Director for the BA Dance programme at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and one third of collective Light, Ladd and Emberton.
General Manager, National Youth Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells
Hannah is the General Manager of National Youth Dance Company, the flagship youth dance company of England. Since its inception in 2012, NYDC has worked with over 5000 young people and some of the world’s leading choreographers. Before joining Sadler’s Wells, Hannah was Academy Manager at Northern Ballet in Leeds, overseeing the Centre for Advanced Training programme alongside a number of other training programmes for all ages and abilities. Hannah is also a Dance Consultant for BBC Young Dancer and has worked on the past three competitions.
Dr James Brouner
Senior Lecturer in Sport Analysis / Lecturer in Biomechanics – Kingston University / Trinity Laban
James is the Course Director for Sport Science at Kingston University and delivers Biomechanics to the MSc/MFA programmes at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. James has presented work at PAMA and IDAMS with a focus on the mechanical understanding of dance performance and injury prevention.
Dance Producer, National Youth Arts Wales
Jamie works as the Dance Producer for National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW). In this role, he designs and manages programmes for talented young artists from across the country to develop their technique and performance skills whilst working with some of the most thought after choreographers. By working with some of the finest practitioners in the field of dance, NYAW provides a range of opportunities to young people from all backgrounds to further their careers and demonstrate the depth and breadth of talent that exists within Wales. Alongside this, Jamie is also a Lecturer in dance at the largest FE college in North Wales, where he gained his PGCE qualification in conjunction with Aberystwyth University. Jamie also works as a Dance Facilitator for Arts Council of Wales and undertakes several choreographic projects in a freelance capacity.
Jasmine Challis BSc MRes RD (SENr)
Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist
Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) focussing on dance. She has worked across the dance field for over 25 years. She is nutrition consultant for the Dance UK Information Nutrition for Dancers and is co-author of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) updated Nutrition Resource Paper (2016), as well as the Nutrition chapters in a number of dancer health books. She has presented at the IADMS annual conference regularly. She completed a MRes in Sport and Exercise Science (with distinction) in 2018, her research project was with Irish dancers. Away from dance she has contributed to medical and dietetic textbooks and continues working clinically mainly with those suffering from eating disorders.
Jeanette’s career included following Jane Attenborough as Director of Dance UK. She went on to be Director of Dance for Arts Council England, then a freelance consultant, and now lives in Ipswich enjoying classes at DanceEast and being a member of their over 50s’ performing group EncoreEast. She is on the Board of Gecko and Chair of Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures. She was awarded the Jane Attenborough Award and a CBE for services to dance in 2013.
Jennie is a former Ballet dancer and musical theatre performer who is now an Osteopath with a Masters in Psychology specializing in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. She is a former board member for the Performing Arts Medicine Association and co-authored the syllabus of the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College,London. She is the author of many academic articles in dance medicine and is the author of three books including “Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger” and The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Health”.
Dr Jennifer Cumming
Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Birmingham
Prof Jennifer Cumming is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her research has attracted over £2.2M in funding and she has published more than 200 research outputs with over 95 peer-reviewed publications in in sport, dance, and exercise psychology. Prof Cumming’s expertise is in how individuals learn to effectively self-regulate and develop their mental skills. She works collaboratively with third sector organisations and public services to co-develop and/or evaluate interventions to address important societal issues and translate knowledge into practice.
Assistant Professor, Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University; Associate Director, Birmingham Dance Network
Karen is a Birmingham-born dancer, researcher, educator, maker and producer. She has an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban, London and a PhD from the University of Manchester. She worked as a freelance dance artist and teacher in Manchester, London and now Birmingham. Her work includes projects that were supported by Arts Council England and involves collaborating with other art forms, such as drawing, lighting design and music. She is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, co-founder of Manchester Dance Consortium and Associate Director of Birmingham Dance Network.
Head of Programme, HOME Manchester
Kevin is currently the Head of Programme at HOME, prior to that he worked at Harrogate Theatre, Wakefield Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is also a judge for the Total Theatre Awards and is a board member for Interplay Theatre Company.
Artistic Director, DU Dance
Mags has been working in dance professionally for over thirty-five years. Initially as a performer and more recently as a director and choreographer mounting small and large-scale projects and performances throughout Britain and Ireland and internationally in places such as South Africa, Palestine, Romania, Indonesia, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. She spent several years working alongside Royston Maldoom in Ethiopia engaging with street and working children and recently in Gaza with Theatre Day Productions. Her work is based on a fundamental belief in the intrinsic value of dance both as an art form and as a social development tool.
Associate Dance Artist, Curve Theatre
Mel is a dance artist and educator, who has worked as a choreographer, teacher and consultant for a range of dance organisations across England. She teaches and choreographs dance in higher education, schools and within the youth and community dance sector. She has also choreographed large-scale community based projects, and worked professionally as a movement director on a number of Curve Theatre productions.
Mel regularly leads professional development supporting teachers, dance artists and dance organisations on delivering high quality dance education to children and young people in and beyond schools. She is a former Executive Chair of One Dance UK’s Children and Young People’s Expert Panel, a former mentor for their teacher mentoring scheme and a regular contributor to Dance 4’s work with the Centre for Advanced Training.leading their Leicester satellite company, Curve Young Dance Company for the past 8 years. . Prior to moving to the East Midlands, Mel enjoyed 12 years as the Director of Dance at The BRIT School in London.
Artistic Director & CEO, Company of Others
Nadia Iftkhar is a professional dance artist based in the North East. She has over 15 years’ experience working in a diverse range of settings, including work with companies such as; Talawa Young People’s Theatre, Janice Parker Projects and Luke Pell & Collaborators. To date she has made and collaborated on over 30 works that have been performed at Northern Stage, STUN, Sadlers Wells, Konzerthaus Wien, Kala Sangam, Theatre Royal Newcastle, MuTh and SommerTheatre Detmold. Her work is rooted in the practise of community–based co-creation, storytelling of the human experience told through movement, spoken word and film. She is interested in people, the stories they hold, and their survival strategies.
Former MP for Scunthorpe
As an MP, Nic chaired the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group. He believes that the creative arts can make a real difference to people’s lives. Before becoming MP for Scunthorpe was Principal of John Leggott College – a beacon college with a strong reputation in Dance education. Currently Director of Skills and Training for the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.
Marketing & Audience Development Manager, The Courtyard, Hereford
Since Graduating from Falmouth University in 2014 Robyn has built her career in arts marketing and audience development with a key focus on creating accessibility to the arts for people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As part of her work at The Courtyard, Hereford Robyn became a dementia champion and has since worked on curating their programme of dementia friendly events leading them to win Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year 2019. A creator in her own right, Robyn is co-host of the music review podcast Top of the Bops and has performed nationally in the dance-theatre duo MemeGirls.
Professor Roger Wolman MD (Res) FRCP FFSEM
Consultant in Rheumatology and Sport and Exercise Medicine
Roger is a Consultant Doctor specialising in Sport & Exercise Medicine and musculoskeletal diseases. He has worked with dancers for over 30 years, initially doing research on their bone health. His interest in research on the health and wellbeing in dancers has continued ever since. Over the last 25 years he has run dance clinics (NHS and private) specifically dealing with injuries and other medical problems seen in this group. Roger has been the medical advisor to One Dance UK (previously Dance UK) for over 20 years and helped to set up the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science in 2011/12.
Ballet Senior Manager, Learning & Participation, The Royal Opera House
Ruby trained in applied theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama and completed an MA in dance studies at Roehampton University, with a specialism in the social impact of community dance practice. With twenty years of experience in the dance and community arts sectors, Ruby has previously worked at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and English National Ballet. She currently holds the post of Ballet Senior Manager at the Royal Opera House, where she leads on the learning and participation programme for The Royal Ballet, a portfolio of innovative and diverse talent development and outreach projects with national and international reach.
Executive Director, Stopgap Dance Company
Sho was actively involved in the performing arts in Japan as a child, performing on TV, film and on stage (including ‘Les Miserables‘ directed by John Caird and ‘Waiting for Godot’ directed by the late Yukio Ninagawa). Sho moved to UK in 1995 and graduated from London School of Economics in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy and Social Psychology. His studies gave him a theoretical understanding of how discrimination and segregation come about in society. After graduation, Sho worked at Arts Council England and joined Stopgap Dance Company in 2008. Sho is a trustee of ISTD and a member of the Area Council for Arts Council England.
Screen Dance Filmmaker
Sima is an award-winning director, producer, programmer and educator in screen dance. Originally trained in visual communication, her depth of experience has collaborated with ballet, contemporary and South Asian dance, with a focus on presenting diversity and accessibility. She has produced films commissioned by 2012 Olympics, Arts Council England, Creative England, BBC and BFI and her worked has screened at film festivals across the globe. As a programmer, she currently works with BAFTA accredited Flatpack Film Festival and as an educator she is the founder of Screen Dance Co-lab, an initiative for emerging artists collaborating in dance, film and music.
Artistic Director, SIMON BIRCH DANCE / part-time Course Leader, BA (Hons) Dance & Choreography, Falmouth University
Simon trained at NSCD and went on the perform in works by Nigel Charnock, Liv Lorent, Gill Clarke and others. As a choreographer he has been commissioned to create work for companies and training institutions, as well as devising his own projects. His work has been toured throughout the UK and abroad. He has worked across art forms incorporating film, sound, text, movement and visual imagery to create work for site-specific and non-theatre spaces. He was the recipient of the Wooda Art Award 2008 and was a choreographer on the International Dance Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers in 1995. He was a lectured at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently a course leader in dance and choreography at Falmouth University.
Commissioning Executive, Digital & Festivals, BBC
Stephen James Yeoman is Commissioning Exec, Digital & Festivals at BBC Arts, which is Britain’s creative partner, bringing the public together with arts institutions and practitioners through cultural programming. He has been instrumental in setting up 2019’s successful #DancePassion season which featured content from world-class dance companies on BBC television, radio and digital platforms. With a background in programme making and journalism he co-ordinates broadcast moments with the UK’s culture sector such as the Novels That Shaped Our World Festival, BBC Introducing Arts, #MuseumFromHome, Shakespeare Lives and participation programmes such as Life Drawing Live and Get Creative.
Artistic Director, Sujata Banerjee Dance Company
Sujata Banerjee MBE is a one of the UK’s most respected and experienced Kathak artists who is widely regarded in other parts of the world– she is a choreographer, performer, teacher, mentor and educator. She also is the Artistic Director of Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, a company she founded over 30 years ago, which has now become a leading South Asian dance company under her leadership. Her company is committed to producing innovative and ground-breaking work that pushes boundaries and promotes talented students and dancers across the world. She received the One Dance UK’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Dance Education in 2019.
Sue was Director of Marketing and Communications BBC Radio & Music, covering all national radio and radio and tv music output. After leaving the BBC, she worked in education and the arts, including for the University of London, Royal College of Music, South Bank Centre, Institute for Learning, and oversaw marketing and communications when Tamara Rojo became AD of English National Ballet. She was Deputy Chair of Dance UK leading up to the formation of One Dance UK and is a Trustee of Seeta Patel Dance and Viviana Durante Company.
Dance Consultant, Theresa Beattie Associates
Theresa is an organisational development and recruitment consultant and an evaluator specialising in dance. Her background includes working as a curator at Southbank Centre and the Royal Opera House, as Director of Artist Development at The Place, and roles at Arts Council England. She is a Trustee for Hofesh Shechter Company and for Curious and an advisory board member for Kerry Nicholls Dance.