National Dance Awards Presented in London

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The Royal Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company were among the winners of the U.K.'s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards, presented at the Royal Opera House yesterday.

The Royal Ballet won the company prize for outstanding repertoire for a classical dance company, while the Rambert Dance Company took the same award in the modern category.

The Royal Ballet also won the prizes for best female dancer, which went to Marianela Nuê±ez; best classical choreography, for Christopher Newton's staging of Frederick Ashton's Sylvia; and outstanding classical artist, presented to Rupert Pennefather. Monica Mason, the company's director, won the De Valois Award for outstanding achievement in dance.

Thomas Lund of the Royal Danish Ballet was named the best male dancer. Australian Ballet won for best foreign dance company.

Other awards for modern dance went to choreographers Russell Maliphant, who won for best choreography, and Akram Khan, who was named outstanding artist.

Billy Elliot, a musical based on the film about a young ballet dancer, won for best choreography in a work of musical theater. Peter Darling is the choreographer.

The Working Title Billy Elliot Award, created by the producers of the film to recognize young male dancers, went to 13-year-old Kristopher Spencer.

Brendan Keaney, the director of Greenwich Dance Agency, won the Dance UK Jane Attenborough Industry Award. The Northern Ballet Theatre and Motionhouse Dance Theatre won the audience award.

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