NBT win National Dance Award

January 20, 2009 at 8:47 am (Company News, Events, Marketing and PR News)

David Nixon receives the award from Dame Beryl Grey. Photo by John Ross

David Nixon receives the award from Dame Beryl Grey. Photo by John Ross

We’re delighted to be able to able to tell you that Northern Ballet Theatre has received the coveted Patron’s Award of the 2008 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. The Award is chosen by legendary ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, Patron of the National Dance Awards. Dame Beryl presented the Award to David Nixon, NBT’s Artistic Director, recently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Previous winners of the Patron’s Award are Darcey Bussell (2007) and the BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing (2006).

The Patron’s Awards is given to an individual or organisation that has significantly furthered the cause of dance in the UK.

Dame Beryl Grey said: “I decided to give the 2008 Patron’s Award to NBT in recognition of the contribution the Company has made to raising the profile of dance in the UK. From its beginnings as England’s only regionally-based dance company it has attained its place as one of the country’s leading forces for dance, touring widely and performing for audiences who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience diverse programmes of ballet of the highest quality.”

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.”

NBT has been nominated in a number of categories at the National Dance Awards in the past and received the Audience Award for three consecutive years (2004, 2005 and 2006). The Audience Award was the only award voted for by the public. This year’s Awards will take place on Monday 26 January, 1.40pm, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Free tickets for the Awards ceremony can be obtained by calling Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 0844 412 4300.

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