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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 Lauren Cuthbertson
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The nominations:
Lauren Cuthbertson, Pippa Moore, Elisha Willis
More information about each artist is given below:
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Lauren Cuthbertson
(Royal Ballet)

Born in Devon, Lauren Cuthbertson trained at the Royal Ballet School and in 2001 won both the Young British Dancer of the Year award and the Silver Medal at the Adeline Genee Awards. She joined the Royal Ballet in 2002, rising rapidly through the ranks, and within a year was promoted to soloist. Last May she danced Juliet to Edward Watson’s Romeo and during the summer she was cast in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations for Bruce Sansom’s Evening of British Ballet tour. A strong emerging talent, she combines elegant musical sense with natural sincerity.

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Pippa Moore
(Northern Ballet Theatre)

Liverpool born Pippa Moore trained at the Hammond School in Chester and The Royal Ballet School. Before joining Northern Ballet Theatre in 1996, where she is a soloist, she danced with The Royal Ballet, Wiener Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet. A notable dance actress, she has been seen in many principal and soloist roles including Juliet, Young Cathy in Wuthering Heights, and Lucy in Dracula. With the creation of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s she revealed a rare comedic talent.
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Elisha Willis
(Birmingham Royal Ballet)

Born in Australia, Elisha Willis trained at The Australian Ballet School, joining The Australian Ballet Company in 1999. She was promoted to Soloist in 2001. She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in May 2003. Her refined, crystal clear technique together with her elegant stage presence make her an ideal interpreter of the classical ballet repertoire as well as of more contemporary creations such as David Bintley’s Orpheus Suite.
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Picture credits
Marianela Nunez © Bill Cooper,
Lauren Cuthbertson © Dee Conway,
Pippa Moore © Brian Slater,
Elisha Willis © Peter Teigen.

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