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These awards are sponsored by the following organisations and individuals

Yvonne Sherrington, in memory of her late husband, Richard, founding sponsor.

Tom Merrifield Studios
Every year Tom Merrifield donates a uniquely sculpted statuette to be presented with the De Valois Award. Tom is a well-known and much-loved member of Britain's dance scene and it is entirely appropriate that he should be involved with the National Dance Awards in this very special way.

Lady MacMillan
The dancer image used by the National Dance Awards was especially created for us by Deborah MacMillan.

The world's oldest dance magazine, Dancing Times has been publishing monthly since October 1910 and is read worldwide. It is devoted to all forms of performance dance - including ballet, contemporary, jazz, historical, ethnic, and musical theatre.

Dance Europe magazine was founded in 1995 and is published 11 times per year in London.

The editorial policy aims to provide an unbiased platform for dance throughout Europe and beyond, Many of the contributors are professional dancers or ex-dancers.

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:

PMB Presentations has a reputation for excellence. Based in Kensington, London, the company represents ‘high end’ visiting companies of genuine repute and pedigree. PMB personnel have been associated with Opera and Ballet since 1996, and participated in over 3,000 high quality performances in the major UK regional theatres and international concert halls; and in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and London Coliseum. In the present UK dance market where theatres and local councils actively work to build audiences for dance, particularly modern dance, the classical ballet touring under the PMB banner continues to be a popular audience choice, maintaining consistently large attendance.

The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) is the quality assurance body of the professional dance industry. It accredits programmes of training in eighteen vocational dance and musical theatre schools and validates five Dance Awarding Organisations. Additionally, the Council awards Recognised School status to one hundred and twenty pre-vocational dance and musical theatre schools who meet its nine Requirements of basic professional practice.

Further information on all aspects of the Council’s work is available from the Administrator, the Council for Dance Education and Training, Old Brewer’s yard, 17 – 19 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9UY. 020 7240 5703.,, sponsors of the National Dance Awards website, is one of the largest and busiest dance sites on the internet.
Our online magazine includes contributions from dancers, choreographers and arts journalists from around the world with content ranging from short reviews through to pieces mining the depths of what makes dance tick. There is a busy forum, while our reviews database, unique on the dance web and updated daily, includes thousands of reviews of productions worldwide - many professionals start their day at
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