The National Dance Awards is delighted to announce that Harlequin Floors is to be the new Headline Sponsor for the twentieth edition of the Awards – #NDA20. 

In addition to being the awards Headline Sponsor, Harlequin Floors will also sponsor the Best Modern Choreography Award, which will now be known as the Harlequin Floors Award for Best Modern Choreography.

The nominees for the Harlequin Floors Award for Best Modern Choreography are:

Matthew Bourne for Romeo + Juliet                        (New Adventures)

William Forsythe for A Quiet Evening of Dance      (William Forsythe/Sadler’s Wells)

Shobana Jeyasingh for Contagion                            (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance)

Arthur Pita for The Mother                                       (Alexandra Markvo/Bird & Carrot)

Pam Tanowitz for Four Quartets                              (Pam Tanowitz Dance) 

The winner will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held at The Barbican on Wednesday, 10th February 2020 from 1300 hours.

Harlequin is the world leader in advanced technology floors and stage systems for the performing arts.

Harlequin Group Marketing Director, Steve Green, said: “Harlequin has spent over 40 years helping dancers to achieve their dreams.  We are proud to be part of the National Dance Awards, recognising the achievements of those who are making a difference to dance.”

In announcing this new Headline Sponsorship, the chairman of the Dance Section, Graham Watts OBE, said: “It seems very appropriate that our new Headline Sponsor should be Harlequin, one of the most trusted and respected brands in the dance sector.  We are delighted to welcome them to the NDA family and we hope that this is the start of a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

The full line-up of sponsors will be announced on Wednesday, 29th January 2020, three weeks’ prior to the awards ceremony.  



  • To qualify for the #NDA20 performances will have been given in the UK between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019.
  • Established in the UK over 40 years ago, Harlequin remains the industry choice for the world’s most prestigious dance and performing arts companies, theatres, venues and schools.  Harlequin’s experience and reputation are founded on the design, manufacture and supply of a range of high quality portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors chosen by the world’s leading venues – from the Royal Opera House, to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet to Sydney Dance Company.  Harlequin is the global leader in its field with offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific