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National Ballet Sweeps Doras

By Christa Lochead

The The National Ballet of Canada swept the 2009 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, receiving all four Dance Division awards for guest choreographer Crystal Pite’s Emergence, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Choreography (Pite), Outstanding Performance (the ensemble), and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition (Owen Belton). Choreographers Denise Clarke and Peggy Baker also received an award for Outstanding Choreography in a Play or Musical for Radio Play. The award ceremony took place June 29th, 2009 at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. The Dora Awards honour performances in theatre, dance and opera and are presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. They are named after Canadian theatre pioneer and founder of The New Play Society, Dora Mavor Moore.

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