Top points for ballet company

CHRISTOPHER MOORE
Last updated 05:00 17/11/2011
Ballet
DEAN KOZANIC/The Press

ELEGANT: A run-through for the Royal New Zealand Ballet performance of The Sleeping Beauty in Christchurch at the CBS Arena. Guest dancer Stella Abrera plays Princess Aurora and Sergio Torrado Prince Desire.

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet has arrived in Christchurch buoyed by nominations for two international awards.

The RNZB is a finalist for the outstanding company award in the 2011 British National Dance Awards. Other finalists include the English National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and Richard Alston Dance Company.

A former RNZB dancer, Cantabrian Andrew Simmons, has also become a finalist in the award's best classical choreography section for his piece A Song in the Dark, commissioned by the ballet in 2009.

The work is included in the RNZB's Christchurch season which opened last night in the CBS Arena.

Also on the programme is Aurora's Wedding, the final scene from The Sleeping Beauty starring Stella Abrera and Sergio Torrado, and the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet.

"We are absolutely blown away by the nomination for the awards," RNZB managing director Amanda Skoog says.

"We had a successful tour to the United Kingdom and France in July. Receiving this nod is the icing on the cake."

The awards will be announced in London in January.

The RNZB Christchurch season runs until tomorrow.

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