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  Legendary Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey Presents The NDA Patron’s Award To Northern Ballet Theatre At the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards Monday January 26th 1pm at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Legendary ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, Patron of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, has announced that she will present the 2008 Patron’s Award to Northern Ballet Theatre. Dame Beryl said: “The Leeds based ballet company led by David Nixon has raised the profile of dance in the UK through their successful regional tours and constantly innovative repertoire that has set a benchmark for dance in the North of England and beyond.” Northern Ballet Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009 with a Mixed Programme – La Bayadere, Angels In The Architecture, A Simple Man and with their haunting, romantic adaptation of Swan Lake danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Canadian born David Nixon joined NBT in 2001 and revitalized the company, adding an impressive array of new works into the repertoire including the hugely popular Madame Butterfly, the Gershwin extravaganza I Got Rhythm, Swan Lake, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Peter Pan, Dracula and The Three Musketeers. His fresh and original take on Sleeping Beauty, A Sleeping Beauty Tale brought a new audience to NBT when it premièred in Leeds in January 2007. The Nutcracker had its world première in Manchester in October of the same year. David’s world première of Hamlet was in Leeds in February 2008.

NBT Artistic Director David Nixon receiving the award from Dame Beryl Grey
© John Ross

On receiving the award David Nixon said, “It is an honour to have been chosen by Dame Beryl Grey as the recipient of this year’s Patron’s Award. I am so pleased that the tireless work of NBT has been recognised through the Award. There could be no better way to begin our 40th anniversary year.”

Dame Beryl will present the award to David Nixon on the stage of Sadler’s Wells Theatre at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards on Monday 26 January 2009.

The Patron’s Award is the gift of Dame Beryl Grey and she awards it annually to an institution or individual who has raised awareness of dance in the UK. In previous years this prestigious award has gone to Bruce Forsyth for Strictly Come Dancing and Royal Ballet ballerina Darcey Bussell. Twelve other awards will be presented on 26 January, each voted for by dance critics in a secret ballot of the membership of the Critics’ Circle.

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