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  HIT Entertainment and the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards Launch The Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award
London, July 2009

7 July 2009, London – HIT Entertainment, producer and rights owner of the popular children’s character Angelina Ballerina, in partnership with the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards has announced the launch of a new national dance award initiative for young performers across the UK in a search to find the ultimate young budding ballerina, heroic hip-hop dancer or sassy salsa performer. Entry to The Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award opens 1 July 2009 and offers young performers aged up to 9 years old the chance to fulfill their dancing dreams.

The national award will be judged by a panel of experts from within the dance community including TV presenter and MC for the National Dance Awards, Angela Rippon, Dirty Dancing star and former Royal Ballet dancer Martin Harvey, English National Ballet choreographer Antony Dowson and Katherine Holabird, the author and creator of Angelina Ballerina. 25 young performers from across the country will be shortlisted and invited to audition live in front of the panel of judges in the studios of English National Ballet on 28 October 2009.

Katherine Holabird, Creator Angelina Ballerina; Angelina Ballerina; and Dirty Dancing star Martin Harvey. Photograph by Patrick Baldwin ©

Young performers are required to submit an audition tape and entry form which can be downloaded from

The inaugural winner of the Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award will be announced at the annual Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 21 January 2010. The winner will also get the chance to spend a day rehearsing with the prestigious English National Ballet dancers under the tutelage of renowned choreographer Antony Dowson.

Mike Dixon, Chairman Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards commented, “The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards is delighted to be honouring a young dancer with the Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award. From its inception, the National Dance Awards have rewarded professional excellence and promoted emerging talent at all levels. The national search for an outstanding young performer aims to encourage young people to dance and to celebrate dancing in all its diverse forms from ballet to hip-hop, salsa, ethnic and modern and we look forward to finding the recipient of this prestigious award.”

Katherine Holabird, Creator Angelina Ballerina added, Angelina Ballerina is a magical character who inspires children to follow their dreams through dance. It is a great honour to be involved with this award, and I look forward to discovering the next ‘Little Star with Big Dreams’.

In partnership since 2002, HIT Entertainment and English National Ballet have collaborated once again on a highly acclaimed follow-up production to ‘Angelina’s Star Performance’, a children’s ballet that is based on the popular children’s character Angelina Ballerina. Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition opened in May 2009 and is currently touring across the UK. Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition is based on the adventures of Angelina Ballerina at her new performing arts school Camembert Academy and introduces several new friends and new genres of dance.

Angelina Ballerina also welcomes an all-new television series, set to launch in the UK on Nick Jr in November 2009. The new series has been produced with a fresh new CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) look and follows a 9 year old Angelina Ballerina into the next steps of her life.

For the complete entry details and terms and conditions, please visit to download the entry form. All entries must be received on or before the 2nd October 2009 DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday 16th October.

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About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam, (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit:

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