One Dance UK brings dance to House of Commons

Wayne Sleep OBE; Tamara Rojo CBE

One Dance UK hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the House of Commons on 7 December 2017.

The event, hosted in the Members’ Dining Room, saw a guest list of 200 names across the dance and political sectors. Guests in attendance included Artistic Director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells Alastair Spalding, and Wayne Sleep OBE.

Delivering messages on the night were One Dance UK CEO Andrew Hurst; Executive Director of Dance Umbrella Anu Giri; Baroness Jane Bonham Carter (Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport, and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Dance Group (APPG)); and Baroness Gloria Hooper (Co Chair of the APPG).  John Glen MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, also delivered a video message.

This festive evening celebrated a year of One Dance UK’s achievements and looked forward to an exciting year ahead. Andrew Hurst, CEO of One Dance UK, comments:

“The AGM was a fantastic opportunity to welcome our members into the heart of Parliament, and review a very exciting year for One Dance UK. Following our successful bid for National Portfolio status in July, making us the only Sector Support Organisation for Dance funded by Arts Council England, we look forward to a busy future supporting dance in all its forms right across the UK.”

The evening closed with a performance from tap dancer Annette Walker, accompanied by double bass player Gary Crosby.

Annette Walker; Gary Crosby
Annette Walker; Gary Crosby