Our Adjudicator for 2024 – Miss Lucy Banfield

Miss Lucy Banfield


Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, firstly as a professional Ballet Dancer, then moving into Musical Theatre, Film, TV, and working Commercially. Lucy has had the pleasure of working with and assisting many notable Directors and Choreographers including Baz Luhrmann, Susan Stroman, Matt Cole, Carlos Acosta, Rob Ashford, Twyla Tharp, Andy Blankenbuehler, Arlene Phillips, Karen Bruce, Lucie Pankhurst, Adam Cooper, Javier Frutos, & Kim Gavin

Lucy has been an educator for over 20 years, she was formally the Head of Vocational Studies at The Urdang Academy, London, and is currently Head of Dance at ArtsEd, London. She has lectured at numerous HE and FE institutions including Laine Theatre Arts, The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, ArtsEd, The Royal College of Speech and Drama, Italia Conti, Performers, The Hammond, Central School of Ballet and Bodywork Company. She currently adjudicates and guest tutors at numerous prestigious events both here in the UK, and internationally, as well as being on the Dang Syllabus Artistic Committee and an examiner for the Dang Musical Theatre Syllabus. She is the Choreographer & Movement Consultant for BLOCH photoshoots here in the UK, has a diploma in Event Management, and an FAA Level 2 Award for First Aid in Mental Health.

Lucy has a huge passion for creating and being a part of inspiring initiatives born out of equality, diversity and inclusivity. She is a proud member of the Black British Theatre Awards focus group, and a Patron of Melt Dance. She is also founder of The Un-Boxed Collective.


The English National Ballet School

Laine Theatre Arts

Choreography credits include; Choreographer and Movement Director for Disney +, Associate Choreographer for Guys and Dolls (West End, UK Tour, Tel Aviv), Resident Choreographer for Guys and Dolls (Chichester), Associate Choreographer for Grease (Royal Caribbean & David Ian Productions), Assistant Choreographer for MGM Story (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Re-stager for Footloose (UK Tour), Assistant Choreographer for Love me Tender (UK Tour), Assistant Choreographer for Film Flashback and for Malibu Waves (Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Miami), Assistant Choreographer for Dirty Dancing (Holland), Associate Choreographer for Angelina Ballerina the Mousical (UK Tour and Australian Tour), Associate Choreographer for Vampirette (Manchester Opera House).

Theatre credits include; Featured Dancer in Sinatra (Palladium), Ensemble in Dance Til’ Dawn (Aldwych Theatre), Ensemble & Dance Captain in Guys and Dolls (Chichester), Assistant Dance Captain, Hunyak & Swing in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Ensemble & Understudy Judy in White Christmas (Michael Rose Ltd), Featured Dancer in Katherine Jenkins Believe (UK Arena Tour), Company & understudy Slaughter Girl in Shall We Dance (Sadlers Wells), Ensemble in Candide (English National Opera), Dance Captain & Ensemble in Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre), Ensemble in the Original West End cast of Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Ensemble & Understudy Brenda in Movin’ Out, Featured Dancer Maria in Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria), Ensemble in On Your Toes (Royal Festival Hall), Featured Ensemble in Contact (Queen’s Theatre), Maria, Connie & Shirley in Saturday Night Fever (Koln, Germany). Lucy has also performed with the English National Ballet Company.

Television includes; Game of Thrones, Strictly Come Dancing for Kylie Minogue, The Royal Variety Show, Financial Times, Very Important People, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Dancing on Ice, Dance X Credits, Dancing in the Streets and Strictly Dance Fever. Lucy was Dance Captain/Dancer for 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Closing Ceremonies (London Olympic Stadium).

Films include; Death on the Nile, Disney’s Cinderella and Disney’s Artemis Fowl for Kenneth Branagh. And Centre Stage for Susan Stroman.

Workshops include; Frozen for Disney, Peter and the Wolf for Adam Cooper, and The Moustache Song from A Million Ways to Die in the West for Rob Ashford