Dane Hurst is a multi-award winning director, choreographer and dancer. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he trained at Rambert School in London, supported by a Nelson Mandela/Linbury Trust scholarship in 2003, and later joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary in 2004. As a dancer, he has made guest appearances with National Dance Company of Wales and Company Wayne McGregor, and was a company dancer for Phoenix from 2007 to 2009. His career as a dancer has garnered him several accolades and critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards twice; first in 2006 in the ‘Spotlight Dancer of the Year’ category and again in 2014, winning the Best Male Dancer of the Year Award. He was also voted 3rd by an international jury of dance writers and critics for Dance Europe Magazine’s Top 100 Dancers of the Year in 2012. As a choreographer, Dane won the MAMAs Award with Kira Zhigalina for the Kinetika Art Fair 2012, the Aesthetica Film Festival 2015 ‘Best Dance Film’ category winner for ‘Primitive’ with Director Tom Rowland, the LA Shorts International Film Festival 2017 ‘Best Music Video’ winner for ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ with Fabio D’Andrea and the Ovation Encore Award for ‘Love in the Time of Revolution’ with Moving Assembly Project at the National Arts Festival in South Africa, 2018.
As a choreographer, he has been commissioned by a wide variety of companies and organisations including Rambert, The Place Prize, The Barbican, RichMix, InTransit Festival, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Wilton’s Music Hall. He has performed his choreographic works at venues across the UK, including Sadler’s Wells, Robin Howard Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Opera House, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Commonwealth Institute, Hall for Cornwall – Truro and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon.