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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 Christopher Newton / Sir Frederick Ashton
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Kim Brandstrup, David Dawson and
Christopher Newton/Sir Frederick Ashton


More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Kim Brandstrup
Danish-born choreographer Kim Brandstrup studied film at he University of Copenhagen and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School in London. He has created a number of successful dance works both for his company, Arc, founded in 1985, and various international dance and ballet companies. His choreography blends fluidly modern and post-modern syntactical and narrative solutions with forms and precepts derived from both ballet and American modern dance. Such approach informed the creation of acclaimed Two Footnotes to Ashton for the Inspired by Ashton programme, presented by the Royal Ballet at the Linbury Theatre in June 2005.

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David Dawson
London-born David Dawson is a British choreographer now in demand by dance companies around the world. A former dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Ballett Frankfurt, he became resident choreographer of Dutch National Ballet in 2005.  His The Grey Area won the international Benois de la Danse award for best choreography in 2003 and was performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005 by Dutch National Ballet. The work, an abstract and emotive dance set to music by Niels Lanz,  has been included in the repertoires of both Boston Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
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Christopher Newton / Sir Frederick Ashton
(The Royal Ballet)

Ashton’s Sylvia had not been seen for over 40 years until Christopher Newton, using fragments of old film and his own memory, revived the ballet as part of the Ashton 100 celebrations. Created in 1952 as a showcase for the talents of Margot Fonteyn, the work went through many revisions. Newton retained the original Robin and Christopher Ironside designs, with Peter Farmer contributing new ones for Act Two. The revival won unanimous praise for Newton, who raised Sylvia like a phoenix from the ashes to allow audiences to renew their appreciation of Frederick Ashton’s genius.
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Picture credits
Christopher Hampson © Bill Cooper,
Kim Brandstrup © Sheila Rock,
David Dawson © Joris Jan Bos,
Christopher Newton © Nina Large.

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