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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 Paul Liburd
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The nominations:
Lee Clayden, Paul Liburd, Fabrice Serafino
More information about each artist is given below:
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Lee Clayden
(Walker Dance Park Music)

A significant figure among modern dance artists, Lee Clayden appeared recently with Antonia Grove in Rafael Bonachela’s prize winning duet E2 7SD, and suspended by ropes in Fin Walker’s gravity defying Why? Trained at London Contemporary Dance School from 1994 to 1997, he worked with Wayne McGregor, Ricochet, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Richard Alston before joining Walker Dance Park Music in 2002.  His powerful physical, musical and partnering skills were superbly utilised by Fin Walker in dance-works looking at emotional relationships, such as The 3 of Us and The Self. His partnership with Jenny Tattersall produced dancing of rare physical and emotional intensity.

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Paul Liburd
(Rambert Dance Company)

Born in Leeds, Paul Liburd trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, and danced with London Contemporary dance Theatre and Irek Mukhamedov & Dancers, before joining Rambert Dance Company in 1992. A technically strong and charismatic dancer he has appeared in a wide range of works by some of the world’s finest dance makers, such as Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Hans Van Manen and Paul Taylor, thus showing a unique artistic ability to work with different styles and techniques. He joined Scottish Ballet in August 2004.
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Fabrice Serafino
(Rambert Dance Company)

Born in New Caledonia, France, Fabrice Serafino trained at the Christiane Espitalier Centre of Dance, then became a dancer with the Jeune Ballet de France. During his career he has danced with Bejárt Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Cullberg Ballet. He re-joined Rambert in 2002 and has left it again in September 2004 to take the Motley Theatre Design Course. His powerful and stylistically eclectic technique, as well as his equally powerful stage presence, made him an ideal interpreter of Rambert Dance Company’s varied repertoire.
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Picture credits
Henry Montes © Richard Dean,
Lee Clayden © Lee Clayden,
Paul Liburd © Martin Hunter,
Fabrice Serafino © Rambert Dance.

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