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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 Rambert Dance Company
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Akram Khan Dance Company,
Henri Oguike Dance Company and
Rambert Dance Company


More information about these companies is given below:
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Akram Khan Dance Company
Born in London, Akram Khan studied at The Academy of Indian Dance, De Montford University and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He has performed all around the world, including taking part in Ravi Shankar's The Jungle Book and Peter Brook's Mahabharata. In 1999 Khan won a Jerwood Foundation Choreographic Award. In August 2000 he created his own dance company as well as winning a place in the X-Group Choreographic Laboratory and winning both the Time Out Live and the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Newcomer (Modern).

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Henri Oguike Dance Company
Welsh-born choreographer Henri Oguike created his company in 1999. Tthe Henri Oguike Dance Company has since toured extensively, nationally and internationally, visiting countries such as Portugal, Israel and Monte Carlo. The company has been the recipient of the “Most Outstanding New Company” Time Out Live Awards in 2001, and a nominee for the Critics Circle’s National Dance Awards in 2003. Not unlike the work of its creator, the company is renown for the cutting edge quality of its performances, which are constantly informed by powerful theatrical punch and vivid dramatic atmospheres. A sister company, called HO2, was created in 2002.
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Rambert Dance Company
Through its various incarnations, from classical ballet to cutting edge contemporary, Britain's oldest dance company has always focused on innovation. Some of the most historic works of the 20th century were premièred by Marie Rambert's enterprising troupe. Since 1966, when the company moved away from its ballet roots, contemporary choreographers from mainland Europe and America have broadened its style immeasurably. Today, under Mark Baldwin's lively direction, the repertoire has continued to flourish through commissions from British-based choreographers such as Kim Brandstrup, Javier De Frutos and Rafael Bonachela. The highlight of the 2004-05 season was the premiere of  Baldwin's own Einstein-inspired Constant Speed.
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Picture credits
Rambert Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning,
Akram Khan Dance Company © Urmeneta Otti,
Henri Oguike Dance Company © Chris Nash,
Rambert Dance Company © Ram Shergill.

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