Women in Dance Leadership Award

The first of its kind, the AWA DANCE Women in Dance Leadership Award seeks to celebrate women in the UK dance sector, those that with their actions have made an impact in their community, organisations or classrooms, or the wider sector.

2021 Recipient

Kate Marsh, an exceptional dance leader, is the 2021 recipient of the Women In Dance Leadership Award. Marsh has over 20 years of experience in performing, teaching, making, and leading. As a disabled artist, she challenges how we see accessibility and disability in dance with the aim of increasing the diversity in art and culture. She is currently a research fellow at C-DaRE (Coventry University Centre for Dance Research) where she completed her PhD focusing on leadership in the context of dance and disability.

Award Design

Silvia Lerin is an artist working across painting, sculpture and installation. She graduated with a bachelor in Fine Art from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 1998. She moved to the UK in 2014 after developing an established career as an artist in Spain and Germany. Her artworks stem from an interest in the relationships between shapes, volumes, colours, and textures and their resulting presence.

2020 Recipient

Vicki Igbokwe is a Choreographer, Movement Director, Facilitator and the Founder & Creative Director of Uchenna Dance, a London based touring dance company. Her mission is to Empower, Entertain and Educate through dance and movement, enabling each person she engages with to Think Fierce, Be Fabulous and Live Free Spirited. Vicki also works to empower visionary artistic women to confidently build businesses from their art through her coaching.

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Our previous ceremonies and awards have been funded and supported by Arts Council England, Sadler's Wells Events and Creative Academy.
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40% of classical Ballet companies showed no female representation in their season programming (DDP, 2019)

48% of the workforce in culture and entertainment is formed by women, yet they are not granted the same rights, financial support, career opportunities and professional acknowledgment as men (UNESCO, 2022)

Only 27% of the cultural policies and measures reported globally were tailored to support the representation of women artists in decision making positions. 

Women in Dance Leadership Award Ceremony 2022,
Sadler's Wells London

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Meet the 2021 shortlisted Nominees!