The 2023 National Dance Awards winners were announced today at a ceremony at The Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill Gate, which is the first time that the event has been held at this atmospheric venue.
The awards were voted upon by the 60 dance critics who are members of the UK's Critics' Circle and are for performances seen during 2022.
The winners came from a list of 70 nominations covering every dance genre and the nominees came from nearly 400 recommendations from the dance critics.
Speaking after the Awards Ceremony, the NDA Chair, Graham Watts OBE said,
This was a fantastic year for Scotland and Spain, as Scottish Ballet took home a record three awards and two superb artists from Spain, Israel Galván and Paco Peña also won. Paco is over 80 and it was a very good year for mature artists, since there were four performance-based nominees in the awards in their 60s, proving that you are never too old to dance.
Musa Motha, a dancer with Rambert, who has been performing so well in the latest edition of Britain's Got Talent won the Emerging Artist Award. The judges were completely split in the choice of winner in the Outstanding Creative Contribution category and so a joint award was made to the designer, Bob Crowley, and the Flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña.
The winners are:
DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER
Jeffrey Cirio (English National Ballet)
BEST FEMALE DANCER
STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY
BEST MID-SCALE COMPANY
BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY
BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple (Jess and Morgs) for Coppélia (Scottish Ballet)
BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY
Ben Duke for Ruination (Lost Dog)
EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Musa Motha (Dancer, Rambert)
OUTSTANDING FEMALE MODERN PERFORMANCE
Zeleidy Crespo in 100% Cuban (Acosta Danza)
OUTSTANDING MALE MODERN PERFORMANCE
Israel Galván in La Consagración de la Primavera (Compañia Israel Galván)
OUTSTANDING FEMALE CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE
Constance Devernay-Laurence as Swanilda in Coppélia (Scottish Ballet)
OUTSTANDING MALE CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE
Marcelino Sambé as Pedro in Like Water for Chocolate (The Royal Ballet)
OUTSTANDING CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION
Bob Crowley (Designer, for Like Water for Chocolate)
Paco Peña (Director and Guitarist for Solera)
THE DE VALOIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.