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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 Carlos Acosta
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Carlos Acosta, Federico Bonelli and Johan Kobborg

More information about each dancer is given below:
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Carlos Acosta
(for performances with his own company and The Royal Ballet)

Carlos Acosta was catapulted to international fame at an early age when he won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne in 1990. In 1998 he joined the Royal Ballet but maintains connections with Houston, American Ballet Theatre and other major companies throughout the world as a Guest Artist. His outstanding technical virtuosity is matched by an intense dramatic intelligence. Acosta has been nominated this year for a whole series of roles with the Royal Ballet. He was voted Best Male Dancer in 2003 by the Critics’ Circle.

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Federico Bonelli
(The Royal Ballet)

Born in Piedmont and trained in Turin, Principal Federico Bonelli garnered an impressive collection of prizes before joining the Zürich Ballet and later the Dutch National Ballet. He joined the Royal Ballet in 2003; since then, he has extended his repertory to include elegant performances as romantic princes and has acquired expressiveness allied to his unforced virtuosity in a wide range of roles from Romeo and Albrecht to one-acters by Balanchine, Cranko, Tetley and Wheeldon, among others.
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Johan Kobborg
(The Royal Ballet)

Since he joined the Royal Ballet in 1999, principal Johan Kobborg has proved through his exceptional virtuosity and versatility that he is not only an outstanding exponent of Bournonville style (thanks to his Danish training) but also an all-round dancer and interpreter, excelling in both classical princely roles, including a notable Albrecht, and in plotless ballets such as Balanchine's Agon among others. He has also shown a predilection for unsympathetic roles such as the sinister teacher in Flemming Flindt's The Lesson in 2005, which was accompanied by his widely acclaimed production of Bournonville's La Sylphide.

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Picture credits
Jonathan Cope © Bill Cooper,
Carlos Acosta © Johan Persson,
Federico Bonelli © Johan Persson,
Johan Kobborg © Johan Persson.

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