Ashley Page, the outgoing director of Scottish Ballet, has been recognised with the De Valois award for outstanding achievement at this year’s National Dance Awards.
Held today at London dance venue The Place, the ceremony also saw recognition for Scottish Ballet principal Sophie Martin. Elsewhere, Akram Khan won best modern choreography for Vertical Road, while Sylvie Guillem was recognised as outstanding female performance (modern) for 6,000 Miles Away.
Speaking at the event, chairman of the awards committee Graham Watts said: “These awards emphasise the UK’s thriving dance culture and it is wonderful to see so many superb artists and companies nominated by the dance critics for 2011.”
The winners in full are:
Outstanding male performance (classical): Gary Avis (The Royal Ballet)
Outstanding female performance (modern): Sylvie Guillem for 6,000 Miles Away
Best independent company: Luca Silvestrini’s Protein
Best classical choreography: David Bintley for Cinderella by Birmingham Royal Ballet
Best modern choreography: Akram Khan for Vertical Road
Outstanding female performance (classical): Sophie Martin (Scottish Ballet)
Outstanding male performance (modern): Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Dunas
John Doyle Construction award for outstanding company: Mariinsky Ballet
Jane Attenborough Dance UK industry award: David Burnie (director of administration and finance, The Place)
The Dancing Times Award for best male dancer: Steven McRae (The Royal Ballet)
Grishko award for best female dancer: Daria KlimentovÃ¡ (English National Ballet)
De Valois award for outstanding achievement: Ashley Page (artistic director, Scottish Ballet)