On 27th June 2021, the 21st National Dance Awards will be announced at an online ceremony. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the qualifying period for performances was extended to between 1 September 2019 and 31 December 2020. Once again, the Ballet Association is sponsoring the award for Best Classical Choreography.
The nominees are: Cathy Marston for The Cellist (The Royal Ballet); Kenneth Tindall for Geisha (Northern Ballet); Kenneth Tindall for The Shape of Sound (Northern Ballet); Will Tuckett for Lazuli Sky (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Valentino Zucchetti for Scherzo (The Royal Ballet).
Nominees for other awards from the Royal Ballet companies are: Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer – Matthew Ball, César Morales (BRB), Vadim Muntagirov, Marcelino Sambé; Best Female Dancer – Lauren Cuthbertson, Marianela Nuñez, Anna Rose O’Sullivan. Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company – The Royal Ballet. Emerging Artist Award – Leo Dixon (First Artist, The Royal Ballet).
Outstanding Female Classical Performance – Lauren Cuthbertson in The Cellist, Momoko Hirata in the title role in Giselle (BRB), Fumi Kaneko as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Beatriz Stix-Brunell in The Cellist. Outstanding Male Classical Performance – Matthew Ball as Lensky in Onegin, William Bracewell in Dances at a Gathering, César Morales (BRB) as Albrecht in Giselle, Marcelino Sambé in The Cellist.
Outstanding Creative Contribution – Koen Kessels – Conductor – Music Director, The Royal Ballet & BRB. Best Company Response to the Pandemic – Birmingham Royal Ballet. Best Dance Film – Michael Nunn and William Trevitt for Romeo and Juliet Beyond Words, Alice Pennefather for Dreams of Giverny/The Sun is God/Esprit du Jardin/In Her Hands. Best Short Dance Film – Christopher Wheeldon for Boléro.