|The Critics' Circle
National Dance Awards
A Brief History...
The first Critics' Circle National Dance Awards were presented at the London Coliseum in 2001. Since then, with subsequent ceremonies having taken place at the Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells, the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards have been firmly established as a vital player on the national dance scene and the natural focus for the entire dance community. This status has been underlined by the current partnership with the Royal Opera House and Sadlerís Wells.
We are honoured that Lady MacMillan agreed to create the artwork for the actual award, which you see today, and we are also indebted to Richard Sherrington, the original sponsor of these awards. His sudden death just months after the first ceremony at the Coliseum robbed the dance world of one of its most beneficent enthusiasts. We are also honoured that Dame Beryl Grey, DBE, agreed to become Patron of the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards following the death of Dame Alicia Markova in December 2004. Like Dame Alicia, she is an outstanding ambassador for dance and a firm believer in the value of the Awards.