The 13th NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS WINNERS
The presentation of the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2012 took place in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre on Monday January 28.
The awards are decided by the 60 members of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle after an extensive round of nominations and voting. To be eligible, performances had to take place in the UK between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012. It was a very strong year in some categories and deciding who to vote for was not easy.
The award winners are:
DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER: AKRAM KHAN
GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DANCER: MARIANELA NUÑEZ
STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY: ROYAL BALLET FLANDERS
BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY: ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA (for A Streetcar Named Desire)
BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY: ARTHUR PITA (for The Metamorphosis)
OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL): KSENIA OVSYANICK
OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL): ZDENEK KONVALINA
DANCERS PRO AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MODERN PERFORMANCE (FEMALE): TENEISHA BONNER
DANCERS PRO AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MODERN PERFORMANCE (MALE): TOMMY FRANZÉN
GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY: BALLET BLACK
DE VALOIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: ROBERT COHAN
JANE ATTENBOROUGH DANCE UK INDUSTRY AWARD: JEANETTE SIDDALL
The full list of dancers, choreographers and companies nominated can be found on the previous post and at http://www.criticscircle.org.uk
Chairman of the Awards committee, Graham Watts OBE, dedicated the 2012 awards to the memories of late colleagues Charles Hedges, John Percival and Freda Pitt, all of whom have died since the last awards. In the year of the Centenary of the Critics’ Circle, the combined years of membership for these three critics totalled a century. He also conveyed the best wishes of the UK dance critics, award nominees and guests to Bolshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin, recently injured in the well-publicised and well-discussed assault.