News: Contemporary dancer up for Breakthrough

Monday 18 December 2006

Jonathan Goddard – dancer with the Richard Alston Dance Company has been nominated for this year’s The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. It’s the first time that a contemporary dance artist ever to be nominated, although previous nominees have included Royal Ballet soloists Rupert Pennefather and Lauren Cuthbertson.

The Breakthrough Award celebrates the most exciting new stars to emerge during the year. (Last year’s award went to Billie Piper for her role as Rose in Doctor Who).

Ten nominees, each from a different artform, have been selected for the Award by critics on The Times newspaper. Readers of The Times are invited to vote for the winner, who will be announced at the South Bank Show Awards Ceremony at the Savoy Hotel on 23 January 2007.

Check out the other nominees and vote online here.


Jonathan Goddard has been a member of Richard Alston Dance Company since 2002. In 2006, he danced prominent roles in Alston’s Volumina and The Devil in the Detail (seen at Sadler’s Wells in March), and in Gypsy Mixture at the Martha@The Wells gala which closed the Dance Umbrella 2006 festival.

Goddard is the regular contemporary technique teacher for The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training, which provides pre-vocational training for talented younger dancers. He will be performing with Richard Alston Dance Company on its US tour in January 2007, and then on tour in the UK from February, including performances at Sadler’s Wells from Wed 28 – Sat 31 Mar 07

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