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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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Dancing Times Award for 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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Patron's Award
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Best Foreign Dance Company
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Emerging Male or Female Artist (Classical)
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Emerging 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 2006 winner is Miyako Yoshida
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Alina Cojocaru, Sarah Lamb and Miyako Yoshida

More information about each artist is given below:
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Alina Cojocaru
(The Royal Ballet)

Bucharest-born Alina Cojocaru was already, despite her youth, a fully-fledged ballerina when she joined the Royal Ballet in 1999. Appointed a principal only two years later, she has since shone in all that she has undertaken, in roles from Giselle, Aurora and Manon to Balanchine, Ashton, Flemming Flindt and others. Her assured, unshowy technique is allied to interpretative gifts encompassing all moods, from passion,  radiant happiness and tragedy to plotless works.

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Sarah Lamb
(The Royal Ballet)

Sarah Lamb is a native of Boston and trained at the Boston Ballet School with Tatiana Nicolaevna Legat from 1994-1998. She joined the Boston Ballet Company in 1998, was promoted to Soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2003. She joined the Royal Ballet as a First Soloist and was promoted to Principal in September 2006. Her repertoire with RB includes Lady Mary Lygon in Ashton’s Enigma Variations, the side couple in Symphonic Variations, Odette/Odile and the pas de trios in Anthony Dowell’s Swan Lake and the Fourth Movement in Balanchine’s Symphony in C. This season she has made her debut with RB as Aurora in Monica Mason/Christopher Newton’s production of The Sleeping Beauty.
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Miyako Yoshida
(The Royal Ballet)

Born and trained in Tokyo, she joined the Royal Ballet School in 1983 and SWRB/BRB in 1984. In 1995 she transferred to the Royal Ballet. A lyrical ballerina noted for her musicality and authority, she has distinguished herself in almost all of the 19th-century repertoire, while she is especially admired for her portrayal of Ashton's heroines. Last season she was an enchanting Lise in his La Fille mal gardee, and a glowing Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Yoshida has recently announced her decision to return to Japan.
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Picture credits
Zenaida Yanowsky © Bill Cooper,
Alina Cojocaru © Johan Persson,
Sarah Lamb © Bill Cooper,
Miyako Yoshida © Johan Persson.

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