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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 Male or Female Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Male or Female 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 2005 winner is Marianela Nuñez
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Irina Kolesnikova, Eve Mutso and Marianela Nuñez

More information about each artist is given below:
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Irina Kolesnikova
(Konstantin Tatchkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre)

Born in St Petersburg, Irina Kolesnikova graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1998 and immediately joined Konstantin Tatchkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre as a Soloist. She was promoted Principal in 2001 and became the company’s Prima Ballerina in 2002. Kolesnikova has toured the world performing the leading roles in all the major classics, earning universal praise from critics for her artistry and “…her prodigious technical strengths…” (The Times) Perfectly proportioned, with a beautiful face, Kolesnikova combines feminine grace with a peerless classical technique.

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Eve Mutso
(Scottish Ballet)

Estonian dancer Eve Mutso studied at the Tallinn Ballet School and danced Odette at her diploma performance in 1999. After graduation, she danced with the Estonian National Ballet, where she performed Olympia in Bigonzetti’s Coppélia, Fleur de Lis in Esmeralda, and other roles in Anna Karenina, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. She also danced in the first jazz-ballet in Estonia, Then and Now, choreographed by Russell Adamson. In 2003 she joined Scottish Ballet, where she has performed a wide variety of roles, including Ashley Page's Cheating, Lying, Stealing, The Nutcracker (Frau Stahlbaum), 32 Cryptograms and Nightswimming Into Day. She danced Balanchine's Apollo, Episodes and Rubies at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005.
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Marianela Nuñez
(The Royal Ballet)

Born in Buenos Aires, Marianela Nuñez was trained at the ballet school of the Teatro Colón and the Royal Ballet School, which she joined in 1998. She then joined The Royal Ballet in 1999 and became Principal in 2002. A refined artist, who combines captivating acting skills with impeccable technique and refined sense of style, Nuñez is an ideal interpreter of both 19th-century classics and 20th–century ones. During the 2004/05 Royal Ballet season she received unanimous praise for her interpretation of the protagonist roles in Frederick Ashton’s  Sylvia and, more notably, La Fille mal gardée, in which she displayed a unique understanding of the choreographer’s style.
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Picture credits
Zenaida Yanowsky © Bill Cooper,
Irina Kolesnikova © Nina Alovert,
Eve Mutso © Bill Cooper,
Marianela Nunez © Bill Cooper.

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