Our Stories - Dane Hurst

With a hugely successful career in dance, Dane Hurst is in transition now. He is currently working as an independent Creative Director, Dancer and Choreographer and was a speaker at DCD's EVOLVE Cardiff workshop.

Dane Hurst was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Rambert School in 2003 and in 2004 joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary. Dane was nominated for best emerging dancer of the year in 2006 and in 2007 received the Spotlight Dancer of the Year Award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards U.K. He has made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and The Curve Foundation. In 2014 Dane graduated with an MA Choreography from University of Kent and Central School of Ballet.

Dane is currently working as an independent Creative Director, Dancer and Choreographer, and was supported by DCD to complete the Clore Leadership Programme's Short Course in February 2016.

Dane's incredible entrepreneurship has led him to create the Moving Assembly Project (MAP) which uses movement in art, dance and music to inspire young people and practicing artists from challenging backgrounds to develop and prosper, moving beyond their circumstances and expanding their skills set to share their passion and cultural narratives with the rest of the world through performance. You can watch Dane's video here.

To find out more about how we can help you, please contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.

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