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  London, 5 January 2004
Sadler's Wells hosts the 4th Annual
National Dance Awards

Sadler's Wells 13 January 2004
Reception: 12.30pm, Awards presentation:2.00pm
www.nationaldanceawards.com / www.sadlerswells.com

In January, Sadler's Wells hosts the fourth National Dance Awards, the only professional awards in the UK dedicated specifically to dance. The Awards are presented by the dance section of the Critics' Circle, which brings together over 50 writers, the majority of whom write for national papers or specialist press.

'In hosting the National Dance Awards, it is a great joy to pay tribute to the dancers and choreographers who enrich our lives. Sadler's Wells is a very special place for artists. It is a place to explore the creative process; to experiment with new ideas. So we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of those who make dance so special and bring so much pleasure to the audiences.' Jean-Luc Choplin, Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells

Angela Rippon, Vice Chair of English National Ballet, leads a star-studded gathering from the world of dance and musical theatre to present the Awards. Mara Galeazzi, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, Adam Cooper, star of recent hit musical On Your Toes, and brilliant young stars Tamara Rojo and Alina Cojocaru lead the tributes. The new award for Best Choreography in a Musical will be presented by Elaine Paige, star of the West End's longest running dance musical, Cats.

The Sunday Express has joined forces with the NDA to sponsor a unique award aimed at the hundreds of thousands of children in the UK who attend Saturday morning dance classes. The Sunday Express and the National Dance Awards will honour a boy or a girl who has achieved a high standard of dancing in the face of unusual adversity. This year will also see the introduction of a dancer's award chosen solely by audience members, the Audience Award.

Carlos Acosta, Cuban superstar of the Royal Ballet, is nominated for Best Male Dancer. He will be joined by some of the nation's finest dance talent including: Rafael Bonachela, Kylie Minogue's pop video choreographer; the brilliant young dancers, The Ballet Boyz (George Piper Dances); Jenny Tattersall (Fin Walker Dance); and Fernando Hernando Magadan (NDT2). From the world of classical ballet, nominees include husband and wife team Desire Samaai and Jonathan Ollivier (Northern Ballet Theatre); Agnes Oaks and Yosvani Ramos (English National Ballet); and Zenaida Yanowsky (Royal Ballet).

For further information contact Steven Drew, Sadler's Wells Press and Promotions
020 7863 8232 / 07850 404063 or email: steven.drew@sadlerswells.com
or
Claire Hyde, Head of Corporate Affairs at Sadler's Wells on
020 7863 8112/4 or email: claire.hyde@sadlerswells.com

   
   
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