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  Strictly Come Dancing honoured with a 2006 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award

The CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS have awarded the BBC’s phenomenally successful Saturday night dance competition, STRICTLY COME DANCING, their 2006 PATRON’S AWARD. The Award was presented to the Strictly Come Dancing Team prior to the live semi-final on Saturday 16 December.

The PATRON’S AWARD is given to an individual or organization that has significantly furthered the cause of dance in the UK. The recipient of the Award is chosen by legendary ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, Patron of the National Dance Awards.

Strictly Come Dancing has allowed the general public a wonderful opportunity to see the hard work and dedication that are vital to becoming a good dancer.  The programme has shown the long hours of practice needed to progress, even with the help of a professional dancer, and the frustration that all dancers experience in the pursuit of excellence.  The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were founded to reward excellence and so I feel it is appropriate to bestow the Patron’s Award on Strictly Come Dancing for raising the profile of dance in this country.
Dame Beryl Grey DBE

The 2006 CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS, hosted by Angela Rippon OBE, will be held on the 25 January 2007, at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Now in their seventh year the National Dance Awards are the only professional Awards in this country dedicated specifically to the art of dance.

Their patron Dame Beryl Grey is a legendary ballerina who danced with the Royal Ballet in its early years, was the first Western ballerina to be invited to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia and the first to dance in China.  She was Artistic director of London festival Ballet for 11 years, Director of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and is Patron of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

A full list of 2006 nominations is as follows:

Critics' Circle National Dance Awards
Patron Dame Beryl Grey DBE

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer
Carlos Acosta (for performances as Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet)
Federico Bonelli (for performances as Principal with The Royal Ballet)
Johan Kobborg (for performances as Principal with The Royal Ballet)

Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female
Alina Cojocaru (for performances as Principal with The Royal Ballet)
Sarah Lamb (for performances as Principal with The Royal Ballet)
Miyako Yoshida (for performances as Principal with The Royal Ballet)

Best Choreography (Classical)
Alastair Marriott (for Tanglewood at the Royal Ballet)
Alexei Ratmansky (for Bolshoi Ballet’s The Bright Stream at the ROH)
Will Tuckett (for The Canterville Ghost at the New Wimbledon Theatre)

Best Choroegraphy (Modern)
Michael Keegan-Dolan (for Fabulous Beast’s The Flowerbed at the Barbican Pit)
Wayne McGregor (for Random Dance’s Amu at Sadler’s Wells)
Fin Walker (for Richochet Dance Productions Man & Woman)

Best Foreign Dance Company sponsored by Artsworld Presentations
The Bolshoi Ballet (for performances at the Royal Opera House)
National Ballet of Cuba (for performances at Sadler’s Wells)
Tango por Dos (for performances at the Peacock Theatre)

Emerging Male or Female Artist (Classical)
Chi Cao (for performances as a Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Steven McRae (for performances as a Soloist with The Royal Ballet)
Tyrone Singleton (for performances as a First Artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet)

Emerging Male or Female Artist (Modern)
Dane Hurst (for performances as a dancer with Rambert Dance Company)
Alexander Varona (for performances as a freelance dancer)
Jennifer White (for performances as a dancer with Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales)

Company Prize For Outstanding Repertoire (Classical)
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Scottish Ballet

Company Prize For Outstanding Repertoire (Modern)
Richard Alston Dance Company
Phoenix Dance Theatre

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