UK 2012 National Dance Awards
by David Mead
November 9, 2012 -- The Place, London, UK
Each year the Dance Section of the Critics Circle, the national body for arts critics in the UK, organises the National Dance Awards in celebration of Britain’s vibrant and diverse dance culture.
The nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards, covering performances in the 2011-2012 season (from September 2011 to August 2012) were announced at a reception at The Place on November 9.
Those nominations are compiled from names put forward by the membership of the Dance Section, all active dance critics who are watching and reviewing dance throughout the country. Chairman of the section, Graham Watts, said that this year over 250 dancers, choreographers and companies were put forward for consideration, a reflection surely of the vigour and variety of Britain’s dance culture.
The shortlist very much represents the elite of 2012. The Best Company category (as with all sections, open to visiting as well as home companies) is especially strong this year. There’s also a lot of strength in the Independent Company category, where nominations are for companies performing generally in small and mid-scale venues.
In addition to awards in the categories listed, the Critics’ Circle will present the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement, given to an individual for lifetime achievement or a specific major contribution to dance over the past year. Nominations for this category are not released.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place on Monday, January 28, 2013.
Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer
Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer
Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company
Best Classical Choreography
Best Modern Choreography
Outstanding Female Performance (Classical)
Outstanding male performance (classical)
Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)
Outstanding Male Performance (Modern)
Best Independent Company
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