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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 Australian Ballet
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Australian Ballet, Pina Bausch and National Ballet of Cuba

More information about each company is given below:
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Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet celebrated its 43rd anniversary in 2005. Founded by Dame Peggy van Praagh and nurtured by some outstanding artistic directors, including Sir Robert Helpmann and Maina Gielgud, the 70-strong company has a repertoire of over 200 works. and enjoys a reputation for strong technique and fine acting skills. David McAllister, the current artistic director, chose the production of Graeme Murphy’s SwanLake to display the talents of the Australian Ballet on its recent visit to Britain.

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Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal remains to date one of the most cutting edge dance-theatre companies in the world. Created in 1973, the company acquired immediate fame for the provocative, genre- and style-crossing nature of the performances devised by its founder, Pina Bausch. Thirty-two years since its inception the Tanztheater Wuppertal, also known as Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, continues to attract audiences by challenging the boundaries between dance, theatre and performance and by performing the timelessly vibrant oeuvre of is creator. The company received renewed acclaim in the Uk when it presented two “classics” of the Bausch repertoire, Nelken and Palermo Palermo  at Sadler’s Wells in 2005.
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National Ballet of Cuba
The National Ballet of Cuba was created by Cuban born ballerina Alicia Alonso in 1948. The creation of the company was soon to be followed by the creation of a school, destined to become a world’s leading ballet institution. Thanks to Alonso’s vision and directorship, the company has an international repertoire that encompasses 19th-century ballet masterworks as well as 20th- and 21st-century ones. Rigorous sense of style, informed by Alonso’s own interest in dance history, as well as rigorous Russian based training underscore the company’s acclaimed production of the classics, as seen in the performance of  Giselle presented at Sadler’s Wells in August 2005.
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Picture credits
Merce Cunningham Dance Company © Merce Cunningham Company,
Australian Ballet © Jeff Busby,
Pina Bausch © Ulli Weiss,
National Ballet of Cuba © Falcon.

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