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Northern Ballet dancer nominated for top dance award

Press release date 
Fri 5 Nov 2010

Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Martha Leebolt been nominated for an award in the Outstanding Female Performance category by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2010. She is nominated alongside Crystal Costa (English National Ballet) and Akane Takada (Royal Ballet).

The nominations were announced today and the winners will be revealed on Monday 24 January 2011 at the awards ceremony in central London.

Martha has been performing with Northern Ballet since 2001 and this season has danced lead roles throughout the UK in Dangerous Liaisons, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and overseas in Peter Pan. She is currently creating the eponymous role for David Nixon’s new production Cleopatra, which will premiere in Leeds in February.

Northern Ballet has received a number of nominations and awards from the Critic’s Circle over the years. The Company won the coveted Patron’s Award in 2008, which is given to an individual or organisation that has significantly furthered the cause of dance in the UK. Northern Ballet also won the Audience Award for three consecutive years (2004, 2005 and 2006), the only award voted for by the public, and in 2009 Premier Dancer Tobias Batley was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in the category of Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) for his portrayal of Anthony, the leading male role in David Nixon’s Swan Lake.

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are the only professional awards in the UK dedicated to dance and are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together more than 50 dance writers. The National Dance Awards were established by the Critics’ Circle in 2000 to highlight the astonishing range of dance on offer in the UK.