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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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Eliot Smith
 
 
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Eliot is not only a talented dancer, but also an exciting choreographer. His work is inspired by a diverse range of influences; his North East cultural roots, his spirituality and his love of interrelationships.
He has commissioned international artistes to create new works for the Company which has extended the experience of his audiences and exposed them to different perspectives in contemporary dance
Eliot has sought to revitalise appreciation of the life, choreographic language and legacy of Martha Graham and he is a powerful and passionate advocate of her techniques.
 

Rosie Kay
 
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Rosie has consistently raised the profile of dance amongst the general public over the past year as the Midlands most prominent female choreographer, mentor and educator. Her work has included creating the handover ceremony for the Commonwealth Games for the city of Birmingham, reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people. She has also created other prominent works; Modern Warrior headlined the Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham’s China Town in February 2018 and 5 Soldiers opening doors with the British military which has toured widely. Kay was also Associate Director and choreographer on Woyzeck a REP production in the Birmingham International Dance Festival, which combined a professional cast with 100 volunteers. Kay is committed to education and mentoring, and is an ambassador for PIPA (Parents in performing Arts) and What Next? ‘Rights Risks and Reputations’.
 

Susan Calman
 
During her appearance on Strictly, Susan showed an excitement and passion for dance which was infectious and engaging for everyone watching. From the moment she found out that her professional partner was Kevin (and cried with happiness), her determination and hard work, passion and sometimes frustration in the rehearsal processes and her utter joy in each performance she captivated the viewer. Also, she didn't, as a comedian, go for cheap laughs; she wanted to learn to dance well - and ultimately she did! She was a pleasure to watch. Her dance experience changed her, and we loved witnessing her 'journey'
 

Katie O'Halloran 
 
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Katie is one of the most inspirational dancers out there. She brings positivity everywhere she goes and has the most creative and aesthetic style to watch. She does not limit her talent to just her own dances but to everyone else who has the privilege of being part of her dance troop (SOS. SchoolOfStreet alongside Saana Teather). She has the ability to change lives and achieve so much in such a short time of knowing and working with her. Her motto is "no ego, no judgement" which is the exact the reason why she encourages and engages so many people of all ages. Anyone who meets her just falls in love with het personality, everyone who comes to her classes, has danced for her or just knows her aspires to have the energy and charisma that she adheres.
 

Dilini Seneviratne
 
Dilini is an advocate and pioneer of the British Kandyan dance scene. Dedicated to ensure that traditional Sri Lankan dancing receives the recognition it deserves outside of Sri Lanka. Over the past decade, she has performed at various high-profile events and prestigious venues,  representing the Sri Lankan Tourism Bureau, Sri Lankan Cricket and Sri Lankan High Commission, the launch of British Airways to Sri Lanka, World Travel Market and Sri Lankan TV channels. Whilst at University of Southampton, she started the first ever classical dance society - SKBD. Training students with multiple abilities and choreographing for competitions and performances all over UK. Wanting to push further on creating bigger and better platforms for classical dancers, she created the first ever inter-university classical dance competition in UK called THAALA. By creating this, she opened many doors for classical dancing opportunities for not just Kandyan dancers but Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi and fusion dancers in UK as well.