One Dance UK announce Amanda Skoog as new Chair of Board of Trustees

8 Dec 2020

One Dance UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Skoog as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees with immediate effect. The appointment comes following previous chair Sue Wyatt stepping down earlier in 2020 after 4 years.  

Amanda’s commitment to the dance sector is evident throughout her professional career, and has long enabled creativity through her work as a performer, an educator, a producer and an Executive Director.   

Currently working as Senior Producer with The Royal Ballet, Amanda has also previously worked as Chief Executive for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, as a dance educator for English National Ballet, as Assistant Director of Central School of Ballet and at one time ran Dance Aotearoa New Zealand – an organisation modelled on One Dance UK.

She joins One Dance UK a year after their relocation to Birmingham and in the midst of a period of change and uncertainty for the wider sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speaking of her appointment, Amanda saysIt is a huge privilege to be appointed Chair of One Dance UK.  My entire life has been centred around dance and this is a wonderful opportunity for me to give something back and to support the sector I love.  I am in awe of the achievements of the team at One Dance UK and their dedication to help the entire dance community, especially at this time. I very much look forward to working with Andrew and the board to ensure One Dance UK continues to grow and advocate, realising the ambitions for dance, in all its genres, into the future. 

Chief Executive Andrew Hurst addsWe are delighted to welcome Amanda as the new Chair of our Board of Trustees. She brings a wealth of experience from a lifetime in dance, first-hand knowledge of performing companies in different styles and at different scales and understanding of membership organisations. She takes on the role as the dance sector faces great challenges and One Dance UK’s role as a sector support organisation has become even more vital and important than ever before – and will bring an international perspective at a time when we redefine our relationship with the EU and the rest of the world. We are thrilled to welcome her to the One Dance UK team, and look forward to working together closely to continue our important work on behalf of the dance sector. We would also like to extend our thanks to departing chair Sue Wyatt for her commitment and leadership over the past four years.”