The NCT Star Awards 2010 are to celebrate heroes in the community and to search for dancing talent. Though a specialist South Asian dancing competition the prestige of the event will attract participants from all backgrounds. The community awards are also open to individuals from all communities who have a special story to share.
The inspiration for The NCT Star Awards from the late Nisha C Thobani , a talented, successful beautiful and giving individual who lost her life prematurely at the age of 31 after suffering a sudden aneurysm.
The event is being produced by Anand Bhatt, the founder of Desi Masti Dance Academy who is regarded as one of the best up and coming stage producers in the UK. He and the family of Nisha C Thobhani are working to deliver a sensitive, thought provoking and high quality event spreading the message of Nisha’s life and inspiring people in the community to follow their dreams and work hard in their community. The event is being supported by Sampad a dynamic development agency for South Asian arts based in Birmingham, Akademi a pioneering organisation that works to encourage excellence in the practice of South Asian dance in Britain and Media partners Biz Asia – UK’s only Asian media news website.
The national search is on for the best dancer. It can be Bollywood, Bhangra, Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Ballet or any other style of your choice as long as it is adapted to South Asian music.
The competition will be split into 2 categories:
Best solo performer – £1000 prize
Best group performance – £2000 prize
The panel of judges will be Acclaimed judges from the UK dance fraternity both South Asian and mainstream including Ann Oliver OBE, David Lee and Piali Ray OBE
Semi finalists will then get the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience at the Gala event for the chance to win a cash prize. With a cash prize at stake, let the battle of the most talented dancers begin.
The Community Awards are split into 5 categories and will be open to young people and adults. It is an opportunity to nominate friends, family and organisations that deserve recognition for their humble and valuable work to support others.
Nominees will be shortlisted and invited to the Gala Event. Winners will be chosen by an awards committee, the awards committee will be key community figures who have achieved success by offering their services and helped the community
To enter the dance competition or nominate someone for a community award, simply download the form, complete and return www.nctstarawards.com
Nominations will take place in October in the following locations: Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester and London. The Final Gala Event will take place on 14th November 2010 at The Curve Theatre in Leicester.
“Nisha was the daughter any parent would have wanted. We are very pleased that we can continue to remember her in such a positive way. Celebrating talent and achievement of those who give is special. We hope to hear from people all around the country of the wonderful work they do. The awards and Nisha’s name, we hope will be wonderful way of inspiring people to carry on doing great work” say her family
Anand Bhatt, Founder of Desi Masti Academy says, “Nisha was a great friend, source of inspiration and support. You can count on one hand how many people like her you will meet in your lifetime. We hope that people come and tell us their stories, and that dancers everywhere will want to share their talent with everyone. We have some fantastic prizes, and I thank everyone organising the event for their support.”
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