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David Bintley wins Classical Choreography Award for Cinderella

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley has won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography. The award was for Cinderella, which premiered in November 2010 before touring the UK throughout the following year.

The production has also enjoyed repeat broadcasts on the BBC both domestically and abroad.

The National Dance Awards are decided by the 60 members of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle after an extensive round of nominations and voting. To be eligible this year, performances had to be given in the UK between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011.

In 2000, David took home the Outstanding Contribution to Dance Award, while in 2001 Birmingham Royal Ballet won the prize for Outstanding Repertory.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Awards committee, Graham Watts OBE, said:

‘These awards emphasise the UK’s thriving dance culture and it is wonderful to see so many superb artists and companies nominated by the dance critics for 2011.’

The current Birmingham Hippodrome season features a host of David’s other work, including the full-length narrative ballets Hobson’s Choice (22-25 February 2012) and Far From the Madding Crowd (20-23 June 2012). He is also creating a brand-new one-act work to be performed as part of our Summer Celebration programme.

In addition, David’s one-act jazz tribute to Dave Brubeck, Take Five, will be performed as part of this year’s International Dance Festival Birmingham.

Cinderella is David’s most recent creation. His previous work, the one-act balletE=mc², won the award for dance at the very last South Bank Awards in 2010.