Yesterday in central London a lunch was held in honour of English National Ballet’s Senior Principal dancer Daria Klimentová, who was presented with the Critic’s Circle Patron Award 2010 by Dame Beryl Grey.
The Patron’s Award is given to an individual or organization that has significantly furthered the cause of dance in the UK. The recipient of the Award is chosen by legendary ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, Patron of the National Dance Awards. Previous winners include Darcey Bussell & Northern Ballet.
The National Dance Awards celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s ballet culture. They are the only professional awards in the UK dedicated to dance and are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle which was founded 10 years ago.
Klimentová says, “It is a great honour to receive this award from the Dance Critics Circle. As a dancer one doesn’t think beyond your next role, even after 20 years. I have been a princiapl dancer for over 20 years and there have, of course, been low as well as high points. I have tried to always dance to the best of my ability and was lucky to have been born with a very easy body for dance. I love to dance and it is very nice to be recognised for your work. It makes you realise that you are not just doing it for yourself. There have been so many great artistes that I have been honoured to work with over the years and I have learnt something from all of them. It is amazing for me to be appreciated in this way for my work, and to have received it from Dame Beryl was lovely.”