The nominations are as follows: Dancing Times award for best male dancer - Jonathan Goddard, Steven McRae (pictured), Sergei Polunin, Edward Watson; best female dancer - Lauren Cuthbertson, Daria Klimentová, Marianela Nuñez, Tamara Rojo; outstanding company - English National Ballet, Maryinsky Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet; best classical choreography - David Bintley for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella, Kim Brandstrup for The Royal Ballet’s Invitus Invitam, Andrew Simmons for Royal New Zealand Ballet’s A Song in the Dark; best modern choreography - Javier De Frutos for The Most Incredible Thing, Akram Khan for Vertical Road, Hofesh Shechter for Political Mother, Luca Silvestrini for LOL; outstanding classical female performance - Melissa Hamilton, Sophie Martin, Akane Takada, Elisha Willis; outstanding classical male performer - Yonah Acosta, Gary Avis, Tobias Batley, Esteban Berlanga; outstanding modern female performer - Sylvie Guillem, Sally Marie, Michela Meazza, Angela Towler; outstanding modern male performer - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sean Palmer, Alexander Whitley; best independent company - Ballet Boyz - The Talent, Rosemary Butcjer Company, Protein Dance, Tilted Productions - Maresa Von Stockert.
The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle each year since 2000, and celebrate the UK’s thriving dance culture. Thery are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place, London, on January 23, 2012.
Picture: Steven McRae in Rhapsody. Photograph: Tristram Kenton, by courtesy of the Royal Opera House