Royal Ballet principals Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé were among the performers given top accolades at this year’s National Dance Awards.
The awards, run by the dance branch of the Critics’ Circle, celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and also recognised Marion Tait, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s assistant director, for her contribution to the industry.
English National Ballet picked up three prizes, including the emerging talent award for choreographer Stina Quagebeur, which marked the fist time a non-dancer has won in this category.
Hayward and Sambé, both principal dancers at Covent Garden, were named best female dancer and best male dancer respectively, while company awards were given to Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and San Francisco Ballet.
The awards were held on February 19 in London.
Best male dancer
Marcelino Sambé, Royal Ballet
Best female dancer
Francesca Hayward, Royal Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
Best independent company
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Best classical choreography
Alexei Ratmansky for Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco Ballet
Best modern choreography
William Forsythe for A Quiet Evening of Dance, Sadler’s Wells
Stina Quagebeur, choreographer, English National Ballet
Outstanding female performance (classical)
Katja Khaniukova as Frida in Broken Wings, English National Ballet
Outstanding male performance (classical)
Gary Avis as Kulygin in Winter Dreams, Royal Ballet
Outstanding female performance (modern)
Solène Weinachter as Juliet in Juliet and Romeo, Lost Dog
Outstanding male performance (modern)
Jonathan Goddard for The Mother, Alexandra Markvo/Bird and Carrot
Outstanding creative contribution
Gavin Sutherland, conductor and music director, English National Ballet
De Valois award for outstanding achievement