One Dance UK Awards 2018 Categories

Nominations for the One Dance UK 2018 Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone for the 100’s of nominations we have received!

The public vote is now open for; Dance Personality of the Year, People’s Choice Award and Best Use of Dance by a Brand.

Watch this space mid October for details of shortlisted nominees…

One Dance UK 2018 Awards

2018 sees the exciting launch of the first One Dance UK Awards. Unlike any other awards, the One Dance UK awards is focussed uniquely on dance and has been developed to recognise the outstanding contributions of people working in the dance sector.

This annual event is an opportunity for people in the dance sector to get together, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact over the last 12 months on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape.

One Dance UK Awards Categories

We have chosen 23 Award Categories, which span all the vital work that is taking place to shape the dance sector today. Click to learn more about each award category:

  1. Leeds Dance Partnership Award
  2. Outstanding Dance Programming Award
  3. Innovation in Dance Award
  4. Dance Writing Award
  5. Dance on Screen – Impact Award
  6. Best use of Dance by a Brand Award
  7. Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award
  8. Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award
  9. Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award
  10. Inspirational Work in Education (for organisations)
  11. Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire
  12. Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor
  13. Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching)
  14. Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award
  15. Dance Science Award
  16. Dance Healthcare Team Award
  17. Research in Dance – Impact Award
  18. Dance Advocacy Award
  19. People’s Choice Award
  20. Dance Personality of the Year Award
  21. Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award
  22. Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education/Learning Award
  23. Jane Attenborough Award – Outstanding Contribution to Dance

Leeds Dance Partnership Award

Sponsored by Leeds Dance Partnership

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

Sponsored by The ISTD

We are looking for a programmer or programming team who has pioneered an outstanding dance programme? This award celebrates an individual or team who has succeeded in bringing dance to new audiences or diversifying the dance work they present, increasing opportunities for under represented dance to be seen.

“The 2018 Outstanding Dance Programming Award category recognises the best programmer or programming team in bringing dance to new audiences or diversifying the work they present. Increasing diversity and access to dance is central to the mission of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).  We are therefore delighted to be sponsoring this year’s award.”

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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? This award could be won for innovation around any aspect of dance for example, venue, choreography, music, use of technology etc.


Dance Writing Award

This award recognises someone whose 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.

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Dance on Screen – Impact Award

The Dance on Screen Award highlights the most impactful use of dance on screen. This award could be won by an individual, organisation or team for a project involving dance on screen in any format. This can include Television and Film and through any distribution platform including cinema, digital, web, or broadcast media.

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Best Use of Dance by a Brand

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

Sponsored by Dancewear Central

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.

Dancewear Central are delighted to be sponsoring the Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award for a second year. “We feel strongly that encouraging a love of dance from an early age is of huge benefit to children; enriching and inspiring their young lives, and that those who nurture young dancers in these formative years should be celebrated.”

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Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching

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.

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Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner

Sponsored by Leeds City College

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.

The world of dance is an evolving art, full of passion, talent and innovation. At Leeds City College, we nurture our dancers to push the boundaries, find their true expression and reach their full potential. We believe in harnessing ambitions and setting the foundations of a thriving future in dance. 

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Inspirational Work in Education Award (for organisations)

We’re looking for dance organisations/companies that are passionate about dance education, learning and participation and whose staff deserve championing 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.

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Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire

We’re looking for a dedicated lecturer 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

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.

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Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching)

Do you know an individual who has graduated within the last three 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.

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Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award

Supported by The Laws Family

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 find 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.

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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.

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Dance Healthcare Team Award

Sponsored by Fusion Sport Europe LTD

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.

“To encourage the work carried out by the UK Dance healthcare practitioners on understanding the demands placed on dancers, as well as the mechanisms and epidemiology of injuries thus allowing the staff to strengthen the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation processes within their organisations.”

 

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Research in Dance – Impact Award

Sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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

Sponsored by Northern School of Contemporary Dance

This award recognises an individual, team or campaign or movement that has shown commitment and leadership in championing dance and keeping it high on the agenda. They have worked hard to advocate for the dance, or for a specific issue impacting the sector, taking action to promote a change. The individual or campaign/movement will successfully be working to change opinion through campaigning, including political advocacy, influencer management, stakeholder engagement, media relations and online communications.

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People’s Choice Award

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

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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.

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Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award

Supported by Derrick Anderson

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.

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Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education/Learning Award

Sponsored by Harlequin Floors

Do you know an individual who has been making a difference for 100’s 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 throughout 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.

 

“Harlequin Floors are proud to sponsor the second One Dance UK Awards. Whilst other events celebrate amazing performances and innovative choreography, these awards primarily focus on the inspirational teachers in schools and the wider community without whom there would be no performances! The inclusion of awards for Dance Healthcare and Science highlight how far the industry has come in the appreciation of the needs for safe practice and environments and is a welcome addition to this year’s event.”

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Jane Attenborough Award – Outstanding Contribution to Dance

Sponsored by Gordon & Co

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..

 

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