Island of Culture 2014 youth cultural ambassador Lloyd Mayor, 20, has won the Clive Barnes 2013 dance award. The former Young Dancer of Man, now performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, received the award on January 6th at the city’s Walter Reade theatre.
Now in their fourth year the awards recognise the work of young actors and dancers in New York City and are presented by the Clive Barnes Foundation, named in honour of the late theatre and dance critic.
The company’s artistic director Janet Eilber said: ‘Lloyd’s progress as a dancer and an artist since he first arrived at the Graham school has been remarkable. His eagerness to commit to the depth and breadth of the Graham physicality and to fill it with dramatic expression has quickly made him a stand-out. He is lucky to be tall, handsome and have natural ability, but it is his willingness to work extraordinarily hard and to put his whole heart into the work that has brought him so far so fast. It is a joy to watch Lloyd dance because you can see his passion for dance in every step he takes.’