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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 Alexei Ratmansky
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Alastair Marriott, Alexei Ratmansky and Will Tuckett

More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Alastair Marriott
(The Royal Ballet)

Alastair Marriott joined the Royal Ballet in 1988 and was promoted to Soloist in 1996. He has choreographed Night Falls Fast (2001), Grey Garden (2002) and Prelude and Fugue (2003). Being and Having Been to Igor Markevitch’s revolutionary score L’Envoi d’Icare was seen at the Linbury Studio Theatre in June 2004. Marriott was nominated for his first Critics’ Circle Award for this outstanding ballet. His current nomination is for his first piece for the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Tanglewood, which is full of masterly allusions to other choreographers who formed Marriott’s taste.

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Alexei Ratmansky
(Bolshoi Ballet)

Born in St Petersburg, he studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School and danced in Kiev and Winnipeg before joining the Royal Danish Ballet in 1997. In 2004 he became artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, following the success of his 2003 staging of The Bright Stream in Moscow. This ballet, which featured entirely new choreography to Shostakovich's 1935 score, received its UK premiere in August and was hailed by the critics for its extraordinary wit, compassion and humour.
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Will Tuckett
(English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet)

Will Tuckett is now as well-known for his choreography as for his appearances with the Royal Ballet, where he has distinguished himself as one of Britain's foremost character artists. He has been nominated for A Canterville Ghost, which he made for English National Ballet in 2006. His child-friendly staging of Oscar Wilde's novella was described as " sweetly eccentric, comically charming, colourfully spooky and jolly entertaining" . His Wind in the Willows, another ballet for children, is back at the Linbury Studio Theatre for Christmas.
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Picture credits
Christopher Hampson © Bill Cooper,
Alastair Marriott © Nina Large,
Alexei Ratmansky © Henrik Stenberg,
Will Tuckett © Bill Cooper.

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