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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 Peter Darling
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins,
Rob Ashford for Guys and Dolls and
Peter Darling for Billy Elliot


More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Rob Ashford
(Guys and Dolls)

Tony award-winner, Rob Ashford has choreographed many musicals and, in June 2005, he created the dances for the revival of one of the most popular ever—Guys and Dolls. With so many wonderful songs to work with, Ashford offers a choreographic mix of macho men who competitively leap and twirl, sexy strippers who wriggle through their nightclub numbers, and a hot, sizzling Latino dance for the Havana scene which builds in frenzied energy and electric momentum.

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Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear
(Mary Poppins)

In Mary Poppins, choreographers Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear have joined forces to combine their unique creative talents in this popular and highly successful musical. To well-loved songs, their dances romp along through the story, offering swathes of energetic activity, humour and good old-fashioned fun in numbers that see chimney-sweeps dancing on the roofs and children marching enthusiastically. But it is Bert’s ‘Step in Time’ that sets the stage on fire with its vigour and exuberance.
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Peter Darling
(Billy Elliot)

Peter Darling offers a smorgasbord of differing styles and techniques in his choreography for the hit musical Billy Elliot. Successfully surmounting the challenges of creating numbers for many differing dance abilities - the three Billys playing the lead role, the young girls, professional dancers and seasoned actors - his choreography switches from tap to ballet, acrobatics to contemporary, catching the spirit of the gritty but heart-warming story in a series of fast-paced numbers that get the audience cheering.
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Picture credits
Adam Cooper, winner 2003 © Adam Cooper Company,
Rob Ashford © Donmar Warehouse,
Matthew Bourne © Hugo Glendinning,
Peter Darling © David Scheinmann.

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