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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 Thiago Soares
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The nominations:
Ricardo Cervera, Jose Odoardo Perez, Thiago Soares
More information about each artist is given below:
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Ricardo Cervera
(Royal Ballet)

Strong technique, large reserves of energy and outstanding stage presence make Ricardo Cervera  natural casting for Mercutio, Lescaut and the Jester in Ashton’s Cinderella. During the last year he has been noted in difficult parts such as Bratfisch in MacMillan’s Mayerling, to which he brought pathos and subtle interpretative shading. Trained at the Centro de Danza in Malaga and at the Royal Ballet School, Cervera joined the Royal Ballet in 1993, being promoted to First Soloist in 2002. His repertoire includes classical and neoclassical parts as well as roles in works by William Tuckett, Ashley Page and Christopher Wheeldon.

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Jose Odoardo Perez
(Scottish Ballet)

Former National Ballet of Cuba’s soloist, José Odoardo Prez was trained at the company’s school. In 1998 he joined the Dresden Ballet and in 2003 he joined Scottish Ballet. A talented dancer with a powerful technique and a charismatic stage presence, he has danced in a wide variety of works, including  Ashley Page’s Acrid Avid Jam, Walking in the Heat, Cheating, Lying, Stealing, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Stephen Petronio’s MiddleSexGorge. His technical skills and his interpretative abilities make him an ideal Nutcracker Prince in Scottish Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker.
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Thiago Soares
(Royal Ballet)

Brazilian born Thiago Soares was trained at the Centre for Dance in Rio de Janeiro. He joined the Royal Ballet in 2002 and was promoted First Solist in 2004. A powerful, classically refined technique, as well as excellent acting skills are among his most evident qualities, together with a magnetic stage presence. Indeed, all these qualities have recently come to the fore in his interpretation of the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin, a part onto which Soares bestowed a personal, though highly vibrant and appropriate reading, which highlighted the emotional turmoil of the sombre, difficult character.
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Picture credits
Ivan Putrov © Olexandr Putrov,
Ricardo Cervera © Dee Conway,
Jose Odoardo Perez © Martin Hunter,
Thiago Soares © Johan Persson.

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