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    BOLSHOI BALLET PIROUETTES AWAY WITH THREE CRITICS' CHOICE DANCE AWARDS

    Winners of the 11th Critics’ Circle Dance Awards have been announced at Sadler’s Wells in London. The Bolshoi Ballet won three awards.

    The Bolshoi Ballet won three prizes at the 11th Critics’ Circle Dance Awards  - Best Foreign Dance Company and awards for its star dancers, Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova.

    Rambert Dance was named best company and had Pieter Symonds win the Best Female Performance (Modern) section.

    The ceremony honoured Alistair Spalding, the venue’s chief executive, with the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement. Meanwhile, author Jann Parry also had an outstanding achievement award for her biography of Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

    The full list of Critics’ Circle Dance Awards are:
    De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement - Jann Parry, Alistair Spalding
    Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) - Martha Leebolt (Northern Ballet)
    Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) - Daniel Proietto, for work with Russell Maliphant company
    Best Foreign Dance Company - The Bolshoi Ballet
    Best Classical Choreography - Liam Scarlett for Asphodel Meadows by the Royal Ballet
    Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) - Pieter Symonds, Rambert Dance
    Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) - Vadim Muntagirov, English National Ballet
    Best Modern Choreography - Russell Maliphant for Afterlight
    Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award - Gill Clarke MBE
    Best Female Dancer - Natalia Osipova, the Bolshoi Ballet
    Outstanding Company - Rambert Dance
    The Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer - Ivan Vasilev, the Bolshoi Ballet



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