One Dance UK announces winners of new Dance Teaching Awards

17 Jul 2017

Birmingham Hippodrome hosted the first Awards ceremony during U.Dance 2017 on Sunday 16 July.

One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards 2017 © Brian Slater

As part of its ongoing commitment to championing dance education and high-quality dance opportunities for children and young people across the UK, One Dance UK today announced the nine award winners of the newly-launched One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards.

The One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards were designed with nine separate categories to reward and celebrate many different types of teaching excellence. The 27 shortlisted nominees, announced on 14 June 2017, were carefully chosen from an astonishing 886 nominations, submitted by pupils, parents, colleagues and friends of hundreds of teachers, practitioners and dance organisations across the UK.

Shortlisted nominees were invited to attend the awards ceremony at a glittering afternoon tea at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 16 July – the final day of U.Dance 2017, the national youth dance festival produced by One Dance UK.

The shortlisted nominees and winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals, brought together to represent a broad range of education knowledge and expertise. The panel comprised Geoff Barton, Althea Efunshile (CBE), Linda Jasper (MBE), Carolyn Lappin and Piali Ray (OBE).

The nine category winners were:

Anna Zhavoronkova, Kent – Rising Star Award. Sponsored Trinity College London

Julie Guile, Saughall All Saints Primary School, Cheshire – Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award. Sponsored by Dancewear Central

Gemma Richards, Matravers School, Wiltshire – Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award

Charlotte Tomlinson, Leicester – Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award. Sponsored by People Dancing

Hertfordshire County Dance Teachers’ Association – Inspirational Work in Education Award. Sponsored by Safe in Dance International

Anna Hall, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire. Sponsored by DWFM Beckman Solicitors

Joy Ballard, Ryde Academy, Isle of White – Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award

Janet Marmot, South East – Above and Beyond Award

Veronica Jobbins, London – Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by Harlequin Floors

Claire Somerville, Head of Children & Young People’s Dance at One Dance UK added:

We’re incredibly proud to recognize the dedication and achievements of dance teachers through these Awards. We’ve already seen the positive impact it has on those who have been shortlisted or won an Award, as they see their work, which goes largely unacknowledged, recognized at a national level. In challenging times, it’s more important than ever to champion the excellent work of those in dance teaching and education.

Following the popularity of this year’s Dance Teaching Awards, the event will return in 2018. Nominations will open in February next year.

Images © Brian Slater