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2011 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

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The 12th National Dance Awards

The Place, London: 23rd January 2012

 

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2011 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

 

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 be given in the UK between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011

 

2011 CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS WINNERS

 

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)

Gary Avis / The Royal Ballet

 

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)

Sylvie Guillem for ‘6,000 Miles Away

 

BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

 

BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY

David Bintley for ‘Cinderella’ by Birmingham Royal Ballet

 

BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY

Akram Khan for ‘Vertical Road

 

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)

Sophie Martin / Scottish Ballet

 

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for ‘Dunas

 

JOHN DOYLE CONSTRUCTION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY

Mariinsky Ballet

 

JANE ATTENBOROUGH DANCE UK INDUSTRY AWARD

David Burnie / Director of Administration and Finance, The Place

 

THE DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER

Steven McRae / The Royal Ballet

 

GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DANCER

Daria Klimentová / English National Ballet

 

DE VALOIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Ashley Page / Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet

 

A full list of dancers, choreographers and companies nominated for National Dance Awards can be found at www.criticscircle.org.uk or direct here:

UK National Dance Awards – Nominees Press Release

 

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Awards committee, Graham Watts OBE, said: ‘These awards emphasise the UK’s thriving dance culture and it is wonderful to see so many superb artists and companies nominated by the dance critics for 2011. We are especially delighted to have come to the home of contemporary dance in London for the awards ceremony.

 

For the second year, the Master of Ceremonies was the Chief Executive of The Place, Kenneth Tharp OBE, who said: ‘The National Dance Awards are a hugely important moment in the annual calendar for us all to celebrate the most memorable achievements in dance from the past year. As both a natural home and springboard for the careers of so many artists, we are delighted this year to be hosting the awards here at The Place for the first time. Warmest congratulations to all those who have been nominated.

 

The 2011 National Dance Awards Sponsors are: Grishko, Dancing Times, John Doyle Construction, The Ballet Association, Lee McLernon, Paul & Shirlie Morrell, The Critics’ Circle and Dance UK for the Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award.

 

ENDS

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Congratulations to all the winners. I was particularly glad to see Gary Avis' many years of service being recognised. I mean, we all know that he's a National Treasure :), but the recognition is still nice.

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It's rare to find oneself in full agreement when awards are handed out and also to be impressed by the range of dance covered. Absolutely delighted to see Scottish Ballet recognised and congratulations to both Ashley Page and Sophie Martin - she was stunning in Song of the Earth as was the whole company. Also delighted to see Daria, Gary and David Bintley receive awards, again richly deserved.

 

Thanks to John Ross for the wonderful photos that captured a great occasion.

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