Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2020

20 Feb 2020

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were held yesterday, 19 February 2020 at the Barbican in London. The awards celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. Winners this year included Royal Ballet principals Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé, who were named best female dancer and best male dancer respectively, and Marion Tait, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s assistant director, who was recognised for her contribution to the industry.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best male dancer
Marcelino Sambé, Royal Ballet

Best female dancer
Francesca Hayward, Royal Ballet

Outstanding company
San Francisco Ballet

Best independent company
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Best classical choreography
Alexei Ratmansky for Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco Ballet

Best modern choreography
William Forsythe for A Quiet Evening of Dance, Sadler’s Wells

Emerging talent
Stina Quagebeur, choreographer, English National Ballet

Outstanding female performance (classical)
Katja Khaniukova as Frida in Broken Wings, English National Ballet

Outstanding male performance (classical)
Gary Avis as Kulygin in Winter Dreams, Royal Ballet

Outstanding female performance (modern)
Solène Weinachter as Juliet in Juliet and Romeo, Lost Dog

Outstanding male performance (modern)
Jonathan Goddard for The Mother, Alexandra Markvo/Bird and Carrot

Outstanding creative contribution
Gavin Sutherland, conductor and music director, English National Ballet

De Valois award for outstanding achievement
Marion Tait