Spotlight on dance of the African Diaspora

Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) Lifetime Achievement Award honours the outstanding contribution made by individuals to the practice and appreciation of African Diaspora dance in the UK and beyond.  Started by The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), the award serves as a tool through which to raise the profile of African Diasporic dance and fits into our long term strategic vision of moving the dance form from the margins to the mainstream. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are recognized by practitioners and advocates of African Peoples’ dance forms for dedicating their lives to building a legacy in the UK.

One Dance UK Deputy CEO Christopher Rodriguez with Maxine Brown – Awarded the DAD Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 – photo credit Brian Slater

Spotlight on dance of the African diaspora

We are the only organisation to honour contributions to dance of the African diaspora in the UK.  Over the years each ceremony has brought together arts professionals and dance supporters to celebrate and reward creative excellence; showcasing the achievements and monumental contributions made to the British cultural offer in the field of African Diaspora dance by each previous winner and nominee.

Previous nominees include: Carol Straker, Namron OBE Esq., Imani Jendai, Nii Tagoe, Mark Elie.

Previous winners have been as follows:-

In 2011, ADAD was proud to honour Jamaican-born dancer-choreographer and cultural activist Jackie Guy MBE CD for his contribution to the international cultural sector through his knowledge of Caribbean dance and music forms, and through his choreographic works.

In 2013 Nigerian-born performer, choreographer, teacher and academic, Peter Badejo OBE received the DAD Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2016, ADAD honoured Beverley Glean with the DAD Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2018 One Dance UK awarded Maxine Brown with the DAD Lifetime Achievement Award.