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Harry Walker, tap dancer, is the winner of the Children's Award.
Eleven year old Harry is from Weston-Super-Mare and lost his right leg at birth, but that's not stopped him at all from getting distinctions in his tap dance exams. His hero is Dick Van Dyke and like his hero he wants to be a song and dance man when he grows up.

The Sunday Express is proud to support the National Dance Awards celebrating with their annual accolades the best in the cultural life of the nation.

Harry Walker interview

Darcey Bussell introduces the Children's Award in a special interview with Jeffery Taylor

Recognising the increasing popularity of dance in Britain, The Sunday Express is keen to to foster the spirit of determination, creativity and courage among its young readers.

The Sunday Express Children's Award, supported by the National Dance Awards, will reward by a public acknowledgement an outstanding example of high acheivement in dance in the face of exceptional difficulties of a family, social or financial nature.

Chance to Dance - a picture of the July 2003 end of year
graduation class at the The Royal Opera House.

Photo: © Richard Farley

Children, between the ages of 6 - 16, who can prove a regular dance class attendance can be recommended by a friend, teacher or relative to qualify for the National Dance Awards/Sunday Express Children’s prize. Recommendations must be received by The Sunday Express by Monday 15 December, including the child’s name, address and daytime telephone number. All entries must include the name and telephone number of the child’s dance teacher. The winner will be notified on Monday, 31 December.

Mark your envelope “SUNDAY EXPRESS CHILDREN’S DANCE AWARD 2003” and post it to

The Editor
The Sunday Express
Ludgate House
245 Blackfriars Road
London, SE1 9UX

The ceremony will take place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 13 January 2004.

The Award will be presented by the Editor at The National Dance Awards ceremony, a glittering lunch time reception packed with all the UK’s famous dance talent from Tamara Rojo, Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks, Alina Cojocaru and Jonathan Cope to Rambert Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Notting Hill Carnival performers.

The winner of the Sunday Express/National Dance Awards Children’s Prize will also receive a huge “well done” from Britain’s dance world expressed though special gifts including…
  • “Dancers in White”, A framed limited edition silk screen print by world famous dance artist, Robert Heindel, signed by the artist. Estimated value, £1,000.

  • A place at the 2004 summer schools at the London Headquarters of the internationally renowned Royal Academy of Dance in London, including the Ballet Plus Activity Weekend (5-7yr old, 19-20 July); the Summer School (8yrs old plus, 26-31 July) and the Performance Course (12 yrs old plus, 2-14 August). In addition the winner will have £50 to spend in the RAD shop.

  • Tickets for a performance and a back stage chance to meet the company dancers with: Birmingham Royal Ballet: English National Ballet; Northern Ballet Theatre; Scottish Ballet.

  • A day with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  • £100 pounds to spend on Dans-ez practice clothes, the dancer’s favourite gear as worn by Darcey Bussell and Russian star, Irek Mukhamedov.

  • Shoes from Freed’s of London, Gamba and Porselli.

  • A year’s subscription to Britain’s leading dance magazines, the Dancing Times and Dance Europe.

  • HIT Entertainment are donating merchandise from the popular television character, Angelina Ballerina.

  • A signed and framed photograph from both Darcey Bussell and Cuban star, Carlos Acosta.

The Editor’s decision is final. Normal Express rules apply.

The National Dance Awards Committee wishes to thank most profusely Margaret Willis for the extensive and determined effort she put in to pulling together winner Harry Walker’s Children's Prize.


Robert Heindel

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