The Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award
Exceptionally high standards of performances from outstanding finalists after nationwide search for a young star
Judges: Angela Rippon, Martin Harvey, Katharine Holabird
10 December 2009, London – Lucy Wood, who comes from West Byfleet has won the Angelina Ballerina Children’s Award and will be presented with her prize at the prestigious Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 21 January 2010. Lucy, who is eight years old, is from the Susan Robinson School of Ballet. In her application Lucy wrote: “The music makes me feel happy and then I want to dance. I like to make people smile when I dance.”
There was a high pitch of excitement in the studios of English National Ballet on October 28th when a roomful of eager youngsters, selected after a nationwide search, performed for the audition panel. HIT Entertainment – producer and rights owner of the children’s character, Angelina Ballerina – in partnership with the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards has established a competition for budding performers across the UK aged 9 and under. The young finalists lit up the studios at ENB and in a swirl of sheer talent, high energy and enthusiasm proceeded to impress the star studded panel of judges who included Angela Rippon, TV presenter and MC for the National Dance Awards; ‘Dirty Dancing’ West End star and former Royal Ballet dancer Martin Harvey; English National Ballet’s Antony Dowson who is the choreographer of Angelina’s Big Audition, and Katharine Holabird, the author and creator of Angelina Ballerina. Lucy, the winner, will get the chance to spend a day rehearsing with English National Ballet dancers under the tutelage of choreographer Antony Dowson.
Winner Lucy Wood with Angela Rippon,
The day itself was a huge success: “We were all very impressed with the high standard of performance but we had no doubt about the winner,” said Angela Rippon. “All the judges chose the same little girl. However we saw plenty of professional dancers in the making! We did enjoy being able to give our feedback to each child and we felt that they all enjoyed what was a super day and I’m looking forward to seeing the winner at the Awards in January.” Martin Harvey said: “Lucy impressed us all with her musicality and her total involvement in her dancing. Her entire body is lyrically expressive when she moves. She is exceptional.”
Lesli Zador, International Brand Manager, Hit Entertainment said: “By sponsoring this award, HIT Entertainment hopes to encourage Angelina Ballerina’s core values of determination, strength of spirit and love of dance. We hope that the award gives confidence to yo
ung performers and provides them with a platform for future success.” Inspired by the award-winning children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird, and illustrator Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina celebrates music and brings to life many forms of dance. From Monday December 30th, the new TV series, ‘Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps’ will be broadcast daily on Nick Jr.
The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards are the only professional awards in the UK dedicated exclusively to dance: www.nationaldanceawards.com