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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 Steven McRae
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Chi Cao, Steven McRae and Tyrone Singleton

More information about each artist is given below:
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Chi Cao
(Birmingham Royal Ballet)

Born in China, Chi Cao is one of the most noteworthy principals in Birmingham Royal Ballet, which he joined in 1995. He possesses an exceptionally refined virtuosic technique (he won the gold medal at Varna in 1998). His talents were clearly demonstrated in his Apollo in Birmingham last season, which showed a rare understanding of the role. His versatility enables him to stand out equally in the classics and in works by Ashton, Balanchine and Twyla Tharp, not forgetting his Fred Beenstock in director David Bintley's comic Hobson's Choice.

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Steven McRae
(The Royal Ballet)

Australian born Seven McRae is, arguably, one of the most exciting male dancers within the Royal Ballet, which he joined in 2004. Only two years later, his often praised technical skills and fiery interpretative talent prompted the promotion to soloist. The recipient of many international awards, such as the Prix de Lausanne (2003), McRae possesses unique artistic eclecticism, which allows him to tackle freely and with great success a number of choreographic genres and styles. He has created roles in Christopher Bruce’s  Three Songs- Two Voices and, notably, in the restored/revised 2005 version of Frederick Ashton’s Homage to the Queen.
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Tyrone Singleton
(Birmingham Royal Ballet)

Tyrone Singleton was born in Surrey and trained at the Arts Educational School in Tring and at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2003 aged 17, and promoted First Artist in 2005. His impressive versatility is reflected in such diverse roles as Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio, Paris), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Peanut Officer) and The Lady and the Fool (Moondog) as well as appearances in the major classical repertoire. This year he came to the notice of the wider television viewing audience through his natural on screen personality in Channel 4’s Ballet Hoo! with BRB.
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Picture credits
Lauren Cuthbertson © Dee Conway,
Chi Cao © Bill Cooper,
Steven McRae © Dee Conway,
Tyrone Singleton © Phil Hitchman.

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