Northern Ballet scoops awards and accolades

The UK’s Northern Ballet has received the 2013 White Rose Award for Arts and Culture.

The country’s largest tourism awards shortlisted almost 100 business across 16 categories; organisers Welcome to Yorkshire hailed Northern Ballet as ‘great ambassadors for Yorkshire’.

Meanwhile the Leeds-based company’s artistic director David Nixon was nominated for Best Classical Choreography for The Great Gatsby (pictured) at the 2014 National Dance Awards, due to be announced in January.

And the troupe could be set to collect a third accolade later this month after it was announced that the CBeebies TV adaptation of Northern Ballet’s Ugly Duckling, a ballet created especially for children, has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA in the Pre-School Live Action category (due to be announced on 24 November).

Chief executive Mark Skipper said: ‘I’m delighted that both the artistic work and the work we do with young people has been recognised through these awards and nominations. Northern Ballet is proud to be based in Yorkshire and we are proud national and international ambassadors for the region. To be recognised at the biggest tourism awards in the country is fantastic. To be recognised by the critics for our productions, placing us amongst the best dance artists in the world, is an honour – we hope it will give us the best start to 2014.’

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