One Dance UK Awards 2019 Categories

We have chosen 24 Award categories for 2019, which span all the vital work that is taking place to shape the dance sector today.  Nominations are now closed, Watch this space for announcements of nominees. Learn more about each award category below


Greater Manchester Award

Each year One Dance UK will present an award in partnership with the host region, recognising an organisation or individual who has made a significant impact to dance in the local area.

Outstanding Dance Programming Award

This Award recognises the work of a programmer or programming team in bringing dance to new audiences or diversifying the dance work they present, increasing opportunities for under-represented dance forms to be seen.

Innovation in Dance Award

Would you like to shine a spotlight on an innovative individual or organisation who brings a ground breaking and cutting-edge approach to dance over the last 12 months? Highlighting the most ground breaking and cutting-edge approach to dance over the last 12 months. This award could be won for innovation around any aspect of dance for example, venue, choreography, music, use of technology etc.

Innovation in Dance Award is kindly Sponsored by:

As London’s Creative Conservatoire, Trinity Laban is committed to innovation and to advancing the artform of dance. We are delighted to support this award at the One Dance Awards 2019, recognising innovative practice and celebrating dance artists who are pushing the boundaries and challenging conventions. Anthony Bowne, Principal Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


Dance Writing Award

The Dance Writing Award recognises someone who’s writing in the last 12 months has had a significant impact on the dance sector. All forms of writing are considered for this award for example poetry, review, fiction, a news piece, blog, novel or a research paper.


Dance on Screen – Impact Award

The Dance on Screen Award highlights the most impactful use of dance on screen. This award could be won for dance in any format including Television and Film and through any distribution platform including cinema, digital, web, or broadcast media.

Dance on Screen Award is kindly Sponsored by:
Increasingly, audiences want to be able to see their favourite dancers and dance companies online. As the UK’s leading on-demand platform for the arts, Marquee.TV is keen to encourage dance companies to develop their skills in this area and find new audiences online. Susannah Simons, Marquee TV.

Best Use of Dance by a Brand Award

This award is for a Brand or creative team who have developed a brand marketing campaign that uses dance. The Best use of Dance by a Brand Award recognises the most innovative, imaginative and engaging use of dance as part of a marketing communications campaign.


Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award

We’re excited to offer this Award to a passionate teacher in a Primary School who is exceptionally talented in their dance teaching. The individual could be a classroom teacher, a teaching assistant or a PE specialist. They are likely to be embedding dance across the school and encouraging a love of dance in their pupils.


Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award

This Award will go to an exceptionally hardworking dance teacher within a Secondary School who puts their pupils at the heart of their work. They will be embedding dance as part of school life and going above and beyond their class-room duties to ensure their pupils get the best possible dance provision. In challenging times for secondary dance provision in schools, this Award is just what’s needed to champion secondary school dance teaching.


Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award

This Award is for a practitioner who is inspiring people of all ages through safe, inspiring and creative dance practice. They will be giving priceless experiences, building a love of dance and helping them to see opportunities for them to progress. So much fantastic dance provision is led by individuals working in their communities to create dance opportunities for everyone. It’s time to shine a spotlight on them and their work.


Inspirational Work in Education (for organisations) Award

We’re looking for dance organisations/companies that are passionate about dance education, learning and participation and whose staff deserve recognition for the work they do. This Award will go to an organisation or dance company doing excellent work with or for dance teachers/practitioners in or out of school. They will be improving dance practice and inspiring teachers, artists and young people with their work.

Inspirational Work in Education (for organisations) Award is kindly Sponsored by:

The Inspirational Work in Education Award recognises organisations or companies that are passionate about dance education, learning and participation. Dance education and learning are fundamentals which sit at the heart of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), and we are therefore delighted to be sponsoring this year’s award. Ginny Brown, Chief Executive Officer, ISTD


Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award

We’re looking for a dedicated lecturer/HE practitioner who motivates their students, developing skills and passion for learning. They enable great progress for their students in dance and beyond, inspiring the next generation of performers, choreographers, teachers and practitioners.


Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award

This unique Award is for an individual, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) or Board of Governors that have seen the benefits of dance within their school curriculum and helped it to flourish. Without the support of a well-informed and interested SLT or Board, schools and colleges may not be provided with the resources and drive to ensure dance is a core part of the curriculum.


Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching)

Do you know an individual who has graduated within the last 3 years or has trained as a teacher within last 3 years and has already made a difference in their field? Perhaps they are already demonstrating their skills and passion for dance teaching, developing young people’s abilities and opening up opportunities for them. This Award is for people teaching dance in any dance style or setting.


Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award

We are looking for an individual healthcare practitioner who demonstrates exceptional clinical practice in their chosen specialism and combines this with deep understanding of the needs of the dancers they work with. As such, they will consistently strive to achieve the best outcome possible for the dancers they work with. The individual will be an exemplary role model, advocating best practice within dance-specific healthcare and will engage regularly in CPD to maintain an evidence-based approach. 


Dance Science Award

We are looking for a dance scientist who is making a significant positive impact on dancers’ health, wellbeing and/or performance. This could be through their own evidence-based practice with dancers, companies and educational establishments directly or as a result of their innovative research in the field. This individual will be passionate about finding ways to answer questions and solve problems that are identified by and will make the most difference to dance artists and educators in studios and in performance.


Dance Healthcare Team Award

We are looking for a healthcare team that shows exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure the dancers they support are as fit for training and/or performance as they can be. Members of the team may work within or outside a company, production or educational setting and will demonstrate a strong and effective partnership and system of communication which enables multiple disciplines, including medical, scientific, artistic and managerial to come together to identify and deliver effective treatment, rehabilitation and training programmes for the dancers they are supporting.


Research in Dance – Impact Award

This award recognises an individual or organisation that has carried out a rigorous piece of research or inquiry, informed by the needs of and questions arising from those working in dance. The research will have had or have the potential to have a significant impact of the way dance is seen, practised, taught, created or experienced.


Dance Advocacy Award

This award recognises an individual, team or campaign/movement who has shown commitment and leadership in championing dance and keeping it high on the agenda. This individual or team has worked hard to advocate for the dance sector, and for a specific issue impacting the sector, amongst politicians and policy makers in the UK during the last 12 months. The individual or campaign/movement will successfully be working to change or enlist political or public opinion through campaigning, including political advocacy, stakeholder engagement, media relations and online communications.


People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award recognises an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the dance industry throughout the last 12 months. Entrants for this award can be nominated by One Dance UK members and will decided by public vote.

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Dance Personality of the Year Award

The Dance Personality of the Year Award recognises the individual, judged by a public vote, who has done the most to raise the profile of dance amongst the general public in the last 12 months. A well-known personality that has become synonymous with dance in public perception.

Dance Personality of the Year Award is kindly Sponsored by:
Sponsoring the ‘Dance Personality of the Year’ award as The Place celebrates 50 years is a wonderful way to amplify our vision for “a world with more dance.” Powering imagination through dance requires outstanding energy, drive and commitment and we are deeply invested in raising the profile and perception of our life-enhancing, life-changing art form. Claire Connor, Chief Executive Officer, The Place.

Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award

This Award recognises professional achievements contributing to the development of the diverse African Diaspora Dance.  Recipients of the award are recognised by practitioners and advocates of these dance forms for dedicating their lives to building a legacy and changing perceptions of DAD in the UK. Its a perfect opportunity to acknowledge, document and celebrate the art forms and their place in the dance landscape.

Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award is kindly supported by Derrick Anderson

I’ve been involved with dance in one form or another for almost 40 years. Over that time I have seen a considerable growth in both interest and participation in dances rooted in the experiences of those from the African diaspora. Though I am no longer active in performance or choreography it gives me great pleasure to be able to support those who still are. With that in mind I salute those creative souls still plugging away and I’m happy to support financially to that end.


Lifetime Achievement in South Asian Dance

This award recognises professional achievements contributing to the development of South Asian Dance. Recipients of the award are recognised by practitioners and advocates of these dance forms for dedicating their lives to building a legacy and developing South Asian Dance in the UK. It’s a perfect opportunity to acknowledge, document and celebrate the art form and its place in the dance landscape.

Lifetime Achievement in South Asian Dance is kindly Sponsored by:

On the occasion of Akademi’s 40th-anniversary, we are delighted to include an award to recognise excellence in South Asian dance at the One Dance UK Awards 2019. This award is an endeavour to position South Asian dance alongside the key achievers from the wider dance sector in the UK. Mira Kaushik, Director, Akademi


Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education/Learning Award

This Award is for an individual who has been making a difference to hundreds of children and young people whilst working in dance education (in or out of school) for over 20 years. We’re seeking nominations for people who have been teaching dance or developing opportunities for children and young people to dance through-out their lives. It might be your own dance teacher or someone working within a dance organisation who was or is your ‘go-to’ dance person, always brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm for dance.


Jane Attenborough Award – Outstanding Contribution to Dance

This Award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Dance. The award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by exceptional individuals who make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen. We are looking for individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to move dance forward and enable the art form to thrive. The person could be a manager, designer, teacher, critic, healthcare practitioner – in fact anyone – who, through their knowledge, skill and generosity, has made a significant contribution to dance beyond the scope of their usual role