One Dance UK announces Selection Panel for the Dance Teaching Awards.

8 Mar 2017

  • Members of selection panel named for One Dance UK’s recently launched Dance Teaching Awards
  • Nominations open until 5pm, Friday 19 May 2017.
  • Dance Teaching Awards ceremony takes place at Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 16 July 2017

One Dance UK today announced the names of five distinguished professionals who will make-up the selection panel in support of the first One Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Awards. Launched on 7 February, the One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards have been designed with nine separate categories to highlight as many different types of dance teaching excellence as possible across the UK.

The panel has been specially appointed to bring to the selection process the broadest range of educational knowledge and expertise and to ensure that an independent, rigorous selection takes place. The panel is:

Geoff Barton – Head teacher at King Edward VI School in Suffolk and recently elected General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

Althea Efunshile CBE – Former Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England, now Founding (non-executive) Chair of the National College for Creative & Cultural Industries, and a member of several other Boards.

Linda Jasper MBE – Former Director of Youth Dance England and now freelance Dance & Cultural Learning Consultant.

Carolyn Lappin – Executive Director of YDance, the national youth dance organisation for Scotland, based in Glasgow.

Piali Ray OBE – Director of Sampad, the national organisation championing South Asian arts based in Birmingham.

Claire Somerville, One Dance UK’s Head of Children & Young People’s Dance comments

‘We are thrilled to welcome a panel made up of such pre-eminent professionals reflecting an extraordinary combined range of knowledge and expertise, not to mention their passion for dance and a huge commitment to the promotion of dance in education. The panel’s valuable input will help us to achieve our aim of shining a spotlight on as many dance teachers as possible, recognising that they are often the unsung heroes of dance. I’d also like to thank the category sponsors Dancewear Central, DWFM Beckman Solicitors, Harlequin Floors, People Dancing, Safe in Dance International and Trinity College London who have so generously supported these awards’.

The One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards are already proving to be popular across the sector with nominations steadily being received. The deadline for the submission of nominations is Friday 19 May, 5pm.

Find out more about the Selection Panel here.

To learn more about our Dance Teaching Awards sponsors click here.