The Jane Attenborough Award

The Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award

The Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. Named in memory of the founding Director of Dance UK (later to become One Dance UK), 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.

About the Award

Now in its 17th year, the Award is named in memory of the founding Director of Dance UK, Jane Attenborough (1955 – 2004).

A dynamic and passionate advocate for the arts and in particular dance, throughout a 25-year career Jane made a huge impact on the arts sector working for the Royal Academy of Dance, Arts Council of Great Britain (now Arts Council England), Rambert Dance Company (now Rambert), Dance UK (one of the four organisations that merged to form One Dance UK) and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Throughout her career, and particularly as a founding executive director of Dance UK, Jane used her vast experience of arts management, lobbying, fundraising and administration to contribute to the promotion of the dance sector and improving conditions for dancers.  Her forward-thinking work resulted in ground-breaking and long-lasting legacies for the dance community, including the creation and development of our Healthier Dancer Programme, which continues to undertake vital work in advocating and providing education to support dancers’ performance and physical, psychological, and social health to this day.

Every year One Dance UK recognises the incredible lasting impact Jane had on the dance sector by dedicating an Award in her name. This Award is presented to individuals who, like Jane, have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to move dance forward and enable the art form to thrive.