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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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Best Male Dancer
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Best Choreography (Classical)
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Best Choreography (Modern)
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Best Choreography (Musical Theatre)
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Best Foreign Dance Company
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Outstanding Female Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Male Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Female Artist (Modern)
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Outstanding Male Artist (Modern)
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Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Classical)
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Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Modern)
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The 2004 winner is Javier de Frutos
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The nominations:
Javier de Frutos (Elsa Canasta, Milagro), Russell Maliphant (Broken Fall), Wayne McGregor (Ataxia)
More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Javier de Frutos
(Rambert Dance Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet)

Venezuelan born Javier de Frutos has been consistently remarkable in lavishly flavouring his work with personality, humour, passion, tragedy and evocation, qualities evident in Elsa Canasta as in much of his work. Recent creations for both contemporary and ballet companies includes The Fortune Biscuit for Rotterdam Dance Group, E Moil Disperato for  Ballet Schindowski,  The Celebrated Soubrette and Elsa Canasta for Rambert Dance Company, Sour Milk for Candoco and Milagros for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.  He is currently creating his first work for Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden set to three string quartets by Michael Daugherty.

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Russell Maliphant
(George Piper Dances and Royal Ballet)

Independent choreographer Russell Maliphant combines a liquid yet muscularly athletic movement style developed through years of research with an outstandingly poetic use of lighting design, most clearly seen in the spell-binding Broken Fall. From being a quiet and explorative voice on the contemporary dance scene, Maliphant has recently become a big noise with larger contemporary and ballet companies including Lyon Opera Ballet, The Batsheva Ensemble, Nuremberg Ballet and Sylvie Guillem and George Piper Dances. He was also an Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production in 2003.
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Wayne McGregor
(Random Dance Company)

Born in Stockport and trained at University College, Bretton Hall and at the JosŤ Limon School in New York, Wayne McGregor stands out among other contemporary choreographers for his appealing and innovative movement vocabulary and for the way his works rely on a calibrated and effective combination of such a distinctive choreographic idiom and a well-pondered use of technology. Such distinctive traits are the winning ingredients of his recent creations, such as Qualia, created for the Royal Ballet and, most notably, AtaXia, created for Random Dance, the company he directs.
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Picture credits
Akram Khan © Roy Peters,
Javier de Frutos © Chris Nash,
Russell Maliphant © Chris Nash,
Wayne McGregor © Nick Mead.

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