The Bonnie Bird Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award celebrates and acknowledges those who have made exceptional lifetime contributions to the specific development of choreography and choreographic practice in the UK.

Where: UK

When: December 2017

Deadline for nominations: 10am, Monday 25th September 2017

The award was set up partly to formally recognise a unique aspect of the dance industry, and partly in recognition of the contribution that our founder Bonnie Bird made in this respect to choreographic practice in the UK during her lifetime. We aim to honour both her and others who are following in her steps, making both subtle and dramatic shifts to the choreographic landscape.

Individuals might choose to nominate a choreographer, but equally might nominate an educator, programmer or producer, any one individual who, through their lifetime has contributed specifically to the development of choreography in the UK in a significant way for a significant time. We are calling for nominations for that person who you feel has given that exceptional contribution.

The inaugural award was made to Rosemary Butcher in December 2015.

The awardee is selected by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund’s Trustees and Advisors, from nominations invited from the dance sector. Anyone can nominate someone for the award. The Board is now actively seeking nominations for the 2017 award, if you would like to make a nomination, please visit: for full details.

How to nominate

Please send your name, address, e-mail and phone number along with the name of the individual you would like to nominate and a paragraph about why you are nominating them to our chair Brendan Keaney at

Contact details

For further information, please visit

Photo credit: Rosemary Lee’s Under the Vaulted Sky, commissioned by IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014. Winner of The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2013-15, photo: Shaun Armstrong

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