News: National Dance Awards – the winners

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Rocio Molina © Simone Fratini

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2018 were presented yesterday at a ceremony in London’s Barbican, hosted by Mbulelo Ndabeni and Cira Robinson.

Mark Baldwin OBE was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his career, to date, as a dancer and choreographer, including his time as Resident Choreographer at Scottish Ballet and his sixteen years as Artistic Director of Rambert.

Akram Khan won a record eighth National Dance Award for his solo performance in XENOS; and there was a first victory for a flamenco artist, Rocío Molina (pictured) who won Outstanding Female Modern Performance; and for Taiwan, with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan winning the Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company.

Lighting designer Lucy Carter, known for her collaborations with Wayne McGregor, was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Creative Contribution Award.

Ballet remained the most popular dance form amongst the critics, taking a total of six awards including the two Best Dancer awards, won by The Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez; while Alina Cojocaru of English National Ballet won the Outstanding Female Classical Performance Award for the second successive year.

The Chairman of the Awards committee, Graham Watts OBE, stressed the diversity of the award winners and nominees:

“These awards celebrate excellence across a rich diversity of dance forms that have both entertained and challenged us over the past year. For the first time, both choreography awards have been won by women and we also have the first award proper going to a flamenco artist; an award for a Kathak-based performance, as well as two awards going to the hugely successful Ballet Black. And the Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company goes to Taiwan, in the form of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, a regular visitor to Sadler’s Wells in the 45 years since it was founded by Lin Hwai-min. Taken altogether these awards show that dance is a diverse, global art form and that this world of dance can be seen here in the UK.”


Outstanding Creative Contribution
Lucy Carter (Lighting Designer)

Best Modern Choreography
Crystal Pite for The Statement for Nederlands Dans Theater 1

Outstanding Male Classical Performance
Sponsored by the London Ballet Circle
José Alves in The Suit for Ballet Black

Outstanding Female Modern Performance
Sponsored by DWFM Beckman
Rocío Molina in Caída del Cielo/ Fallen from Heaven for Cía Rocío Molina/Dance Umbrella

Outstanding Female Classical Performance
Sponsored by Lee McLernon
Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty for English National Ballet

Outstanding Male Modern Performance
Sponsored by the Critics’ Circle
Akram Khan in XENOS for Akram Khan Company

Best Classical Choreography
Sponsored by the Ballet Association
Cathy Marston for The Suit for Ballet Black

Emerging Artist Award
Sponsored by The L&M Trust
Precious Adams (first artist, English National Ballet)

Best Independent Company
Sponsored by DWFM Beckman
Russell Maliphant Company

Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer
Vadim Muntagirov

Tendu Award for Best Female Dancer
Marianela Nuñez

De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement
Mark Baldwin OBE

Photo: Rocío Molina in Caída del Cielo © Simone Fratini

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