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A number of Royal Ballet artists honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015

Carlos Acosta, Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova and Christopher Wheeldon among the winners at this year's awards.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

26 January 2015 at 3.57pm | 6 Comments

A number of Royal Ballet artists have been honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015. The awards, which are decided by 50 dance critics from across the UK and are now in their 15th year, celebrate excellence in professional dance.

Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova, who is currently performing the role of Tatiana in Onegin, won in both major dancer categories: Outstanding Female Performance, for her acclaimed performance in Giselle; and Best Female Dancer. Her performance as Giselle, partnered by Carlos Acosta, is now available to buy from the ROH online Shop.

Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta, who joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and created his first work – Don Quixote – for the Company in 2013, was presented with the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement. Carlos will next be performing at Covent Garden as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.

Soloist Francesca Hayward, who earlier this Season performed the title roles in both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Manon, won the Emerging Artist Award – a new category added this year to recognize younger dancers. Watch an interview with Francesca about performing the role of Manon.

Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon won the award for Best Classical Choreography for his production of The Winter’s Tale.

Other winners include Xander Parish, who won Outstanding Male Performance for his performance in the title role of Apollo for the Mariinsky Ballet; and Jonathan Goddard, who won Best Male Dancer and Outstanding Male Performance, Modern.


By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

26 January 2015 at 3.57pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Carlos Acosta, Christopher Wheeldon, Critics' Circle, Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova, National Dance Awards, The Winter's Tale

This article has 6 comments

  1. Jakegee responded on 26 January 2015 at 9:26pm Reply

    Sincere congratulations to all the well deserved award winners! I am particularly delighted to see the recognition given to Carlos Acosta by this 'Lifetime Achievement' award. What a commendable lifetime in dance that has been! .... and still is. I can't wait to see him and Marianela Nunez in "La Fille Mal Gardee" on 22nd April and again on 28th. It was seeing their BBC2 performance on Boxing Day 2005 which started my passion for Ballet, and this will be my first time to see then perform it 'live' at the ROH. Last year I had the thrill of seeing him and Natalia Osipova in "Giselle" on 18th January - it was unforgettable! Now I take every opportunity to see him perform and consider it an honour to be able to watch him dance. Well done, Carlos!!

  2. Congratulations to ALL these VERY worthy winners!!

  3. Jean Roberts responded on 27 January 2015 at 11:26pm Reply

    Award well deserved to Carlos Acosta! Carlos, your dance, your style, your stage presence and Oh! that smile! You light up the stage! A true performer and artist!

    Thank you! we've enjoyed sharing in your wonderful musical, rhythmic dancing talent!

  4. Carlos have become the must technical skill dancer in the history of ballet is authentic charisma and amazing symmetrical fitness physique with passion determination dedication and discipline inspiration global icon example for new generation in constant professional development

  5. Lina responded on 28 January 2015 at 5:37pm Reply

    A fusion of extraordinary talent, grace, charisma, rhythm, passion and discipline all in one man CARLOS ACOSTA!
    A very humble man that has become the best in the world through his tireless determination and passion, an idol for us all and for all those young artists that want to follow in his footsteps.
    Bravissimo, Viva Carlos, Viva la danza!

  6. Ghio Monica responded on 1 February 2015 at 10:00am Reply

    Congratulation and thaks

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