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.
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.
First artist, English National Ballet
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.
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.
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.
Founder and Artistic Director, Ballet Black
Continues to commission challenging works for her company, which solely champions black and Asian dancers.
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.
Artistic Director, New Adventures
Scooped numerous awards for crowd-pleasers The Red Shoes and Cinderella, as well as an honorary Oxford degree.
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.
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.
Principal dancer, The Royal Ballet
Hit the headlines after stepping in, mid-performance, for the great David Hallberg because of injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.