Dane Hurst was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, England in 2003 supported by the Linbury and Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Funds and later joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary in 2004. 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 travelled nationally and internationally having made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. He was voted 3rd in Dance Europe Magazine’s Top 100 Dancers of the Year 2012, as voted for by an international jury of dance writers and critics. In 2013 he was nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. In 2016 Dane set out to share his skills with youth from disadvantaged areas and created the Moving Assembly Project to provide access to high quality training and performance. The project teamed up and partnered with existing organisations and has since travelled to Brazil, Rwanda and South Africa in its founding year. As a choreographer Dane has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton’s Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery and since 2007 has regularly choreographed for Rambert’s evening of New Choreography. His work has been performed at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town – South Africa, The Genocide Memorial Theatre in Kigali – Rwanda, and in the UK at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Linbury Theatre – Royal Opera House, Beyond Barbican, Wiltons Music Hall, Peacock Theatre/Lilian Baylis – Sadler’s Wells, Wilderness Festival, RichMix and Dulwich Picture Gallery.
In 2014 Dane graduated with MA Choreography from University of Kent and Central School of Ballet and later starred in and choreographed the Aesthetica Short Film Festival ‘Best Dance Film’ award winner, ‘Primitive’ by Director Tom Rowland with world premiers screened at RichMix – London and New York at the 43rd Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre, Jan 2015. Dane directed and choreographed the opera’s ‘Sacred Mountain’ by Shirley Thompson and ‘Citizens of Nowhere by Anna Appleby, commissioned by Téte a Téte Opera Festival in London and starred in the NPODutch Television Network premier of ‘Voices of Finance’ directed by acclaimed film-maker Clara Van Gool. He choreographed and performed ‘Breaking Free’ with composer and producer Fabio D’Andrea for ‘Life is Wonderful’ in association with Global Citizen and created a solo for ‘Shakespeare Live’ filmed for BBC 2 in collaboration with Hip-Hop artist Akala and Nitin Sawhney in 2016. Dane created his first full-length work ‘EXODUS’ for Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016 after sell out shows of his first commission, Prud’Hon: The Moving Body for the gallery in 2015.
In 2018 Dane starred in The Beast in The Jungle by Clara Van Gool to be released in 2019, collaborated with AKALA on his Ruins of Empire BBC Performance Live film and created ANIMALIS for Dulwich Picture Gallery in response to The Art of Violence exhibition closing in 2019. Dane is currently an independent Dancer, Choreographer and Founder Artistic Director of the Moving Assembly Project