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De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement
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Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer
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Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer
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Best Choreography (Classical)
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Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)
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Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Company
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The 2009 winner is Melissa Hamilton
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The nominations for 2009 were:
Martina Forioso, Melissa Hamilton and Sarah Kundi

More information about each artist is given below:
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Martina Forioso
(Scottish Ballet)

A graduate of the English National Ballet School, Martina Forioso joined Scottish Ballet in 2003. Since then, she has danced in many Ashley Page ballets, including "Cheating, Lying, Stealing", "The Nutcracker", "Cinderella" (Autumn), "Fearful Symmetries" and "The Sleeping Beauty" (Aurora). She was especially recognised in 2009 for her outstanding performance in Richard Alston’s new "Carmen" for Scottish Ballet. As the Gypsy temptress, she delivered dancing that was handsome and seductive, yet underpinned by the palpable sorrow of knowing that her Carmen was fated to die.

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Melissa Hamilton
(The Royal Ballet)

A Belfast native, Melissa Hamilton trained there at the Jennifer Bullick School of Ballet. At 16, she joined Elmhurst Ballet School, where she was taught by Masha Mukhamedov, who later trained her privately. Hamilton won the Grand Prix in Youth American Grand Prix 2007 and joined the Royal Ballet that same year. She quickly attracted the attention of the critics with her voluptuous and powerful dancing. In 2009 she was particularly noted for her standout performance in Wayne McGregor’s new "Infra" and his "Acis and Galatea".
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Sarah Kundi
(Ballet Black)

Born in London, Sarah Kundi graduated from the Central School of Ballet in 2004. She joined Northern Ballet Theatre for four years, appearing in many of David Nixon’s productions. She became a member of Ballet Black in November 2008, dancing a variety of roles in ballets commissioned by the company. Polished and confident, she was notable as the lead dancer in Will Tuckett’s "Depouillement" and in Martin Lawrance’s duet "Pendulum".
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Picture credits
Carol-Anne Millar © Bill Cooper,
Martina Forioso © Merlin Hendy (*),
Melissa Hamilton © Johan Persson,
Sarah Kundi © Jim Marks.
(* as supplied)

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