The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Performance: Dance


Wayne McGregor: Adrian Lourie

Wayne McGregor

Artistic Director, Company Wayne McGregor

Is this dance’s busiest man? The 48-year-old award-winning choreographer divides his time between the Royal Ballet and his own company and this year has also seen him create acclaimed pieces for American Ballet Theatre and worked on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts:. This winter he’s due to start filming the musical version of Cats.

Alistair Spalding

Artistic Director and CEO, Sadler’s Wells

Charged with creating SW’s fourth theatre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s new cultural hub, East Bank.

Precious Adams

First artist, English National Ballet

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A rising star in the ENB. Though still just a “first artist”, ENB director Tamara Rojo is testing her with increasingly demanding parts - she’s currently the face of ENB’s Swan Lake, due to start touring in November and is appearing in Akram Khan’s award-winning Dust and Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath during the Lest We Forget triple bill at Sadler’s Wells.

Francesca Hayward

Principal dancer, Royal Ballet

The RB’s first mixed race female principal made her debut in the romantic classic Giselle – and established herself as a once-in-a-generation ballerina.

Kenrick Sandy

Artistic Director, Boy Blue Entertainment

Took hip-hop dance theatre to the mainstream after the BBC screened Emancipation of Expressionism, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle.

Cassa Pancho

Founder and Artistic Director, Ballet Black

Continues to commission challenging works for her company, which solely champions black and Asian dancers.

Tamara Rojo

Lead Ballerina and Artistic Director, English National Ballet

Ended her fifth ENB season with a milestone: hiring the first transgender ballerina into a mainstream company.

Matthew Bourne

Artistic Director, New Adventures

Scooped numerous awards for crowd-pleasers The Red Shoes and Cinderella, as well as an honorary Oxford degree.

Kevin O’Hare

Artistic Director, The Royal Ballet

Has taken Britain’s foremost classic company from strength to strength, as well as promoting exciting new British-trained talent.

Liam Scarlett

Choreographer and Artist in Residence, Royal Ballet

Silenced the naysayers by successfully pulling off the Royal Ballet’s new Swan Lake, its first in 30 years.

Matthew Ball

Principal dancer, The Royal Ballet

Hit the headlines after stepping in, mid-performance, for the great David Hallberg because of injury.

Emma Gladstone

Artistic director and chief executive, Dance Umbrella

Celebrates the 40th anniversary of London’s flagship dance festival this year with a series of bold, sometimes bonkers, pieces scattered across the capital.

Russell Maliphant

Choreographer, Russell Maliphant Company

Won a South Bank award for Maliphantworks, while its follow-up show at the tiny Print Room at the Coronet was one of this year’s standout productions.

Clare Connor

Chief Executive, The Place

Celebrated her first (excellent) season as head of one of London’s most important dance venues, which also includes the London Contemporary Dance School.

Hofesh Shechter

Choreographer, founder of Hofesh Shechter Company

Saw the visceral Grand Finale nominated for several top awards.This October he’ll let his company loose under Somerset House’s maze-like tunnels.

Daniel McCormick

Artist, English National Ballet

Won the Emerging Dancer competition within a year of joining the company by pulling off the fiendishly difficult Le Corsaire solo. One to watch.