Caroline Miller at Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Photo by Erin Brown-John Caroline Miller is awarded De Valois Award at Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

Date Tue 9 February 2016

In recognition of ten remarkable years as Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller has been awarded the prestigious De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement at The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2015. The ceremony, hosted by Arlene Phillips CBE, was held at The Place, London on Monday 25 January, 2016. 

In an unusual move, this year the judges decided to give two De Valois Awards for Outstanding Achievement in order to recognise the unique achievements of two extraordinary women who have stamped an indelible mark on dance in very different ways. The other recipient was the internationally acclaimed ballerina, Sylvie Guillem CBE, who recently brought her illustrious 30-year dance career to a spectacular finale with the year-long Life in Progress tour. 

During her ten-years as Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller has worked to put dance firmly centre stage in the minds of key decision makers, and has given dance a political voice. With Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme and industry partners, she has lobbied for better healthcare for dancers, leading to the launch in 2012 of the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. Her vision and leadership led in April 2015 to the largest, most ambitious industry-wide conference ever held in the UK, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations. Most recently, she championed the merger of four major dance organisations, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Dance UK, National Dance Teacher’s Association and Youth Dance England, to create a stronger industry body to champion dance.One Dance UK will launch in April 2016, facilitated by funding from Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. 

Caroline Miller’s De Valois Award was presented by DUK member Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet and Board member of Dance UK 

Julian Flitter, Chairman of Dance UK comments: 

‘The De Valois Award from the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards is wonderful public recognition for Caroline’s incredible work at Dance UK. Her inspired vision and leadership, and her passion for dance have combined to make an indelible mark and now, with the launch of One Dance UK in April, the foundations have been laid for new opportunities and of an even brighter future for dance in this country’