National Dance Awards logoDavid Mead

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, the UK”s professional critics association has announced the nominations for the 15th National Dance Awards. This round of the Awards covers performances in the UK between September 2013 and August 2014.

Critics nominated over 400 dancers, choreographers and companies. So, as Chair of the Dance Section, Graham Watts, says, the final shortlist already represents the elite of the year. So tight were the numbers for each nominee that the awards committee was unable to whittle the finalists down to four in three of the categories.

This year sees the introduction of a new award for Emerging Artist, which saw over 40 nominations.

Casting an eye over the names, it is an especially good year for The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, which enjoy 20 nominations between them. ENB also has the distinction of having two dancers nominated for performances of the same role. Arthur Pita is nominated in both choreography categories and Akram Khan is nominated for both choreographing and dancing in “Dust” for ENB. Khan is to make a new production of “Giselle” for ENB in 2016.

Two British ballet dancers, now performing for companies overseas, Alexander Jones of Stuttgart Ballet and Xander Parish of St Petersburg”s Mariinsky Ballet, are both nominated for touring performances in the UK.

The nominations:

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer

Jonathan Goddard (Mark Bruce Company, New Movement Collective & Headspacedance)
Vadim Muntagirov (English National Ballet & The Royal Ballet)
Steven Mcrae (The Royal Ballet)
Edward Watson (The Royal Ballet)

Grishko Award For Best Female Dancer

Alina Cojocaru (English National Ballet)
Marianela Nuñez (The Royal Ballet)
Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet)
Diana Vishneva (Mariinsky Ballet)

Stef Stefanou Award For Outstanding Company

English National Ballet
Mark Morris Dance Group
Northern Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Best Independent Company 

Ballet Black
Headspacedance
Mark Bruce Company
New Movement Collective

Best Classical Choreography

David Dawson (“The Human Seasons” for The Royal Ballet)
Arthur Pita (“A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Ballet Black)
Liam Scarlett (“No Man”s Land” for English National Ballet)
Christopher Wheeldon (“The Winter”s Tale” for The Royal Ballet)

Best Modern Choreography

Richard Alston (“Barbican Britten – Phaedra” for Richard Alston Dance Company)
Mark Bruce (“Dracula” for Mark Bruce Company)
Akram Khan (“Dust” for English National Ballet)
Arthur Pita (“Facada” in Solo for Two for Ardani Artists)
Crystal Pite (“The Tempest Replica” for Kidd Pivot)

Emerging Artist Award

Francesca Hayward (Dancer – The Royal Ballet)
Drew Mconie (Choreographer – The Mconie Company)
Kevin Poeung (Dancer – Northern Ballet)
Marcelino Sambé (Dancer – The Royal Ballet)
Alexander Whitley (Choreographer – Alexander Whitley Dance Company)

Outstanding Female Performance (Classical)

Alina Cojocaru (as Medora in “Le Corsaire” for English National Ballet)
Francesca Hayward (in “Rhapsody” for The Royal Ballet)
Natalia Osipova (in The Title Role as “Giselle” for The Royal Ballet)
Kristina Shapran (as Terpsichore in “Apollo” for Mariinsky Ballet)

Outstanding Male Performance (Classical)

Yonah Acosta (as Conrad in “Le Corsaire” for English National Ballet)
Alexander Jones (as Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew” for Stuttgart Ballet)
Vadim Muntagirov (as Conrad in “Le Corsaire” for English National Ballet)
Xander Parish (in the Title Role as “Apollo” for Mariinsky Ballet)

Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)

Fang-Yi Sheu (in “Presentpast” and “Two X Two” at Sadler”s Wells)
Wendy Houstoun (in “Pact With Pointlessness”)
Carys Staton (in “Still Current” for Russell Maliphant Company)
Clemmie Sveaas (in “If Play is Play” for Headspacedance)

Outstanding Male Performance (Modern)

Miguel Altunaga (in “Rooster” for Rambert Dance Company)
Jonathan Goddard (in the title role as “Dracula” for Mark Bruce Company)
Akram Khan (in “Dust” for English National Ballet)
Liam Riddick (in “Illuminations” for Richard Alston Dance Company)

Once again the event will also play host to the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Dance UK Industry Award, given in memory of Jane Attenborough, for both of which there are no prior nominations.

The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held at a central London venue on Monday, 26th January 2015.