National Dance Awards

  42nd Street - Stuart Neal and company. Photo: Brinkhoff & Moegenburg.
 National Dance Awards - Nominees

The Dance Section of the Critics Circle has announced the nominations for
the 18th National Dance Awards as follows

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer

Miguel Altunaga (Rambert)
Isaac Hernández (English National Ballet)
Xander Parish (Mariinsky Ballet)
Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company)
Marcelino Sambé (The Royal Ballet)

Mariinsky Ballet - Xander Parish in Swan Lake. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer 

Francesca Hayward (The Royal Ballet)
Sophie Martin (Scottish Ballet)
Yasmine Naghdi (The Royal Ballet)
Zenaida Yanowsky (The Royal Ballet)
Eva Yerbabuena (Cía Eva Yerbabuena)

The Royal Ballet - Yasmine Naghdi in Ashton's Sylvia pas de deux, Hull Gala. 
Photo: Emma Kauldhar by courtesy of the ROH

Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company
Sponsored by The Ballet Association

Akram Khan for Akram Khan’s Giselle (English National Ballet)
Crystal Pite for Emergence (Scottish Ballet)
Crystal Pite for Flight Pattern (The Royal Ballet)
Liam Scarlett for Symphonic Dances (The Royal Ballet)
Kenneth Tindall for Casanova (Northern Ballet)

Northern Ballet - Javier Torres in Kenneth Tindall's Casanova. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Best Independent Company

Avant Garde Dance 
Ballet Cymru
Rosie Kay Dance Company
Vincent Dance Theatre   

Best Modern Choreography

Michael Asante & Kendrick Sandy for Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue Entertainment)
Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes (New Adventures)
Michael Clark for to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll…song (Michael Clark Company)
Michael Keegan-Dolan for Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa)
Arhur Pita for Stepmother/Stepfather (Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance)

Teac Damsa - Michael Keegan-Dolan's Swan Lake. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Emerging Artist Award 
Sponsored by The L&M Trust

Harry Alexander (Dancer, Michael Clark Company/Julie Cunningham & Company)
Vincenzo Lamagna (Composer, Akram Khan’s Giselle – English National Ballet
Dickson Mbi (Dancer, Boy Blue Entertainment/Russell Maliphant Dance Company)
Botis Seva (Choreography for Far From the Norm and Scottish Dance Theatre)
Francesca Velicu (First Artist, English National Ballet)

Michael Clark Company - Harry Alexander in to a simple rock 'n' Photo:: Emma Kauldhar

Outstanding Female Performance - Modern
Sponsored by Northern Ballet 

Antonia Grove in Virgin Territory (Vincent Dance Theatre)
Shelley Eva Haden in MK Ulatra (Rosie Kay Dance Theatre)
Ashley Shaw as Vicky Page in The Red Shoes (New Adventures)
Chemmie Sveaas in Stepmother/Stepfather (Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance)
Francesca Velicu in The Rite of Spring (English National Ballet)

Ashley Shaw as Vicky Page in The Red Shoes. Photo: Johan Persson

Outstanding Male Performance - Modern

Mithkal Alzghair in Displacement (Mithkal Alzghair)
Christopher Akrill in Stepmother/Stepfather (Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance)
Karl Fagerlund Brekke in Stepmother/Stepfather (Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance)
Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris
Dickson Mbi in Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue Entertainment)

Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris. Photo:Johan Persson

Outstanding Female Performance - Classical
Sponsored by Lee McLernon

Alina Cojocaru as Giselle in Akram Khan’s Giselle (English National Ballet)
Bethany Kingsley-Garner in Emergence (Scottish Ballet)
Kristen McNally in Flight Pattern (The Royal Ballet)
Aditi Mangaldas in Inter_rupted (Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company)
Eva Yerbabuena in Aperiencias (Cía Eva Yerbabuena)

English National Ballet - Alina Cojocaru in Akram Khan's Giselle. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Male Performance - Classical

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN (Cía Israel Galván)
Christopher Harrison in MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) (Scottish Ballet)
Brandon Lawrence in Wink (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Marcelino Sambé as Colas in La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet)
James Streeter as Albrecht in Akram Khan’s Giselle (English National Ballet)

 Birmingham Royal Ballet - Brandon Lawrence in Wink. Photo: Andrew Ross