One Dance UK announced the names of 27 shortlisted nominees, across nine award categories, for its inaugural Dance Teaching Awards. One Dance UK received 886 nominations from pupils, parents, colleagues and friends of hundreds of teachers, practitioners and dance organisations across the UK, that provide opportunities for children and young people to dance.

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Two lecturers from Leicester College have been shortlisted for awards Charlotte Tomlinson for Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award and Lara Walczak for Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award.

Charlotte Tomlinson said:

“It’s such an honour to be able to share my skills, knowledge, experience and overall passion for community dance with the learners at Leicester College. I’m proud that many of them have now gone into community dance careers themselves.”

Lara Walczak said:

“I have been lecturing at Leicester College for 16 years and have loved watching my students go onto successful careers in dance. I have always strived to give them the best opportunities possible in both performance and professional experiences.”

The shortlisted nominees were carefully chosen by a selection panel made up of industry professionals brought together to represent a broad range of education knowledge and expertise. The selection panel of Geoff Barton, Althea Efunshile (CBE), Linda Jasper (MBE), Carolyn Lappin and Piali Ray (OBE) said:

“We are very proud to have been asked to select the finalists in this ground–‐breaking first year of the One Dance UK Awards. We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of the 886 nominations. They demonstrate just how important dance is in our schools and how keen the profession is to celebrate the many individuals and organisations who are using dance to transform the lives of young people. We are delighted to be able to recognise so many amazing people doing so much to communicate the inspiring power and relevance of dance across the UK.”

Leicester College has BTEC courses through to Foundation Degree in Dance find out more: https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/subject-areas/performing-arts/ or contact LWalczak@leicestercollege.ac.uk

The winners of the One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards will be announced at an afternoon tea and ceremony on Sunday 16 July at Birmingham Hippodrome on the final day of U.Dance Festival 2017.