4 November 2014 at 5.10pm | Comment on this article
A number of Royal Ballet artists have been nominated for National Dance Awards.
Now in their 15th year, the nominations are decided by 50 dance writers from across the UK.
Principals Vadim Muntagirov, Steven McRae and Edward Watson have been nominated for the Best Male Dancer award, while Marianela Nuñez and Natalia Osipova have been nominated for the Best Female Dancer award. Osipova has also been nominated for the Outstanding Classical Female Performance award for her performance in Giselle earlier this year.
Francesca Hayward has been nominated in two categories - Emerging Artist award and Outstanding Classical Female Performance - for her role in Rhapsody. Marcelino Sambé is also nominated as an Emerging Artist.
Royal Ballet Artists Liam Scarlett and Vadim Muntagirov have also been nominated for work away from Covent Garden, in the Best Classical Choreography and Outstanding Classical Male Performance categories respectively.
'I'm thrilled that so many of our outstanding dancers are included in the nominations for this year's National Dance Awards together with choreographer David Dawson for The Human Seasons and Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon for his second full length creation for The Royal Ballet, The Winter's Tale,' said Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare.
The winners will be announced on 26 January 2015.