One Dance UK Awards
The One Dance UK Awards are an annual celebration for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape! Championing the excellent work of dance artists, teachers, practitioners, educators, schools, choreographers, companies, venues, scientists, and writers, this is a glittering evening of celebrations, all for those who contribute to the dance sector throughout the UK.
Last year the event was hosted in the dramatic backdrop of The Mount Without in Bristol. The shortlisted nominees and recipients truly reflected the commitment and innovation that exists across the many parts of the dance sector. A panel of expert judges, drawn from the dance sector reviewed thousands of nominations to arrive at a shortlist of nominees for each category.
The evening was hosted by Bristol based Dr. Mena Fombo with performances coming from Bristol Ballroom Community and Impermanence Dance, resident company of The Mount Without.
Did you know...?
Last year we received over 1000 nominations
Each year the ceremony is held in a brand new location in the UK
Our judging panel is comprised of over 50 leading experts in their field
You can nominate anyone in the sector for an award!
Nominations are now open for 2023!
Celebrating the 2022 Recipients
Health and Wellbeing in Dance Award: Dr. Roasaria Gracia
Science in Research in Dance Award: Joseph Shaw
Young People’s Dance Champion Award: Amy Burdon
Community Champion Award: Rubicon Dance
The Dance Spotlight Award: Dawn Prentice
The Dance Changemaker Award: Lucy McCrudden (Founder: Dance Mama)
The Green Dance Award: Eliot Smith Dance
Artistic innovation in Dance Award: BirdGang Ltd.
People’s Choice Award: Sander Blommaert
The Bob Lockyer Award for Digital Innovation: Alexander Whitley Dance Company
The Jane Attenborough Award: Gail Claxton-Parmel MBE
Social media graphics for all the recipients can be downloaded here
Honouring Jane Attenborough and Bob Lockyer OBE
The prestigious Jane Attenborough Award and the newly named Bob Lockyer Award for Digital Innovation in Dance awards honour the lives and work of founding members of Dance UK.
The Jane Attenborough Award
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, Rambert Dance Company, and Dance UK (one of the four organisations that merged to form One Dance UK).
Throughout her career, and particularly as a founding executive director of Dance UK, Jane used her vast experience in arts management, lobbying, fundraising and administration to contribute to promoting 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.
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 to move dance forward and enable the art form to thrive.
Bob Lockyer OBE
This Award is named in memory of one of the founding members of Dance UK, Bob Lockyer OBE (1942 – 2022).
An innovator, a collaborator, a director, a patron, a founding member of One Dance UK and so much more, Bob Lockyer OBE truly was an inspiration, a mentor and a friend to all of us in the sector.
The Bob Lockyer Digital Innovation in Dance Award aims to pay homage to Bob and his incredible legacy. This award – one that showcases work using technology and digital to innovate how we see, experience, understand and use dance – will also pay tribute to Bob’s incredibly vibrant mind and all the innovation he bought to the sector.
Every year One Dance UK recognises the incredible impact Bob had on the dance sector by dedicating an Award in his name. This Award is presented to individuals who thrive on technological innovation, digital creativity and more.
With thanks to 2022's supporters
We are also grateful to our event contributors and associates and would like to thank Gordon & Co. for their generous support towards the Awards programme.