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 Post subject: UK National Dance Awards 2011
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:12 am 
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The Critics’ Circle Dance Section (the UK national critics association) has announced the nominations for the 12th National Dance Awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place on Monday, 23rd January 2012.

The nominations are:

DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER

Jonathan GODDARD (RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY)
Steven McRAE (ROYAL BALLET)
Sergei POLUNIN (ROYAL BALLET)
Edward WATSON (ROYAL BALLET)

BEST FEMALE DANCER

Lauren CUTHBERTSON (ROYAL BALLET)
Daria KLIMENTOVÁ (ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET)
Marianela NUÑEZ (ROYAL BALLET)
Tamara ROJO (ROYAL BALLET)

OUTSTANDING COMPANY (open to any company that has danced in the UK in the qualifying period)

ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
MARIINSKY BALLET
RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET

BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY

David BINTLEY (for ‘CINDERELLA’ for the BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET)
Kim BRANDSTRUP (for ‘INVITUS INVITAM’ for the ROYAL BALLET)
Andrew SIMMONS (for ‘A SONG IN THE DARK’ for the ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET)

BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY

Javier DE FRUTOS (for ‘THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING’)
Akram KHAN (for ‘VERTICAL ROAD’)
Hofesh SHECHTER (for ‘POLITICAL MOTHER – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT’)
Luca SILVESTRINI (for ‘LOL’)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)

Melissa HAMILTON (ROYAL BALLET)
Sophie MARTIN (SCOTTISH BALLET)
Akane TAKADA (ROYAL BALLET)
Elisha WILLIS (BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET)

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)

Yonah ACOSTA (ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET)
Gary AVIS (ROYAL BALLET)
Tobias BATLEY (NORTHERN BALLET)
Esteban BERLANGA (ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)

Sylvie GUILLEM (for ‘6000 MILES AWAY’)
Sally MARIE (PROTEIN DANCE)
Michela MEAZZA (Freelance Dancer)
Angela TOWLER (RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY)

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)

Sidi Larbi CHERKAOUI (for ‘DUNAS’)
Sean PALMER (for ‘CRAZY FOR YOU’)
Alexander WHITLEY (WAYNE McGREGOR I RANDOM DANCE)

BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY - defined as those appearing in mid and small-scale venues only

BALLET BOYZ – THE TALENT
ROSEMARY BUTCHER COMPANY
PROTEIN DANCE
TILTED PRODUCTIONS - MARESA VON STOCKERT

Introducing the nominations for 2011, the Chairman of the Dance Section of The Critics’ Circle, Graham Watts OBE, announced some changes to the Awards for this year.

He explained that a new award has been introduced for the Best Independent Company and there is no longer an award for the Best Foreign Dance Company. Outlining these changes, he said: “The dance critics felt that the frequency of both incoming and outgoing tours and the increasing global nature of the dance community meant that there is no longer a need to distinguish between home and overseas companies, hence we now just have an award for the Outstanding Company over the last year. In this first year, it is great to see that there are two home-based and two overseas-based companies up for this award. However, the dance critics also recognised that there is a need to recognise the work of smaller-scale companies and so we have introduced a new award for the Best Independent Company. We have four outstanding companies nominated for this inaugural award in 2011.”

Also speaking at the event, Kenneth Tharp OBE, Chief Executive of The Place, said: “‘Everyone at The Place is delighted that we are hosting the National Dance Awards for the first time, especially as this gives tangible recognition to the fact that the awards are geared to recognise excellence throughout the wider dance community. We are, of course, equally pleased that a number of the nominations in 2011 are associated with performances here at The Place.”

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is also delighted to announce that Dancing Times will continue its long-running arrangement to sponsor the Best Male Dancer Award and a number of new sponsors have been identified – Grishko will be overall event sponsors and Lee McLernon has agreed to sponsor the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) Award. . It is hoped that additional sponsors will be confirmed over the next few weeks.

The Dance Section of The Critics’ Circle will also announce the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement on 23rd January. Nominations for this award are not announced in advance.

Full details of all nominees can be found at http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/

Details of past National Dance Awards are available at http://www.nationaldanceawards.com/


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