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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 Phoenix Dance Theatre
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Richard Alston Dance Company
and Phoenix Dance Theatre


More information about these companies is given below:
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Richard Alston Dance Company
Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, Richard Alston is a pivotal figure in the history of British modern dance. He was the first to create an independent dance company in the UK, Strider, in 1972. Three years later he moved to New York where he studied with Merce Cunningham, who was to bestow a strong influence upon his approach to dance making. As a choreographer Alston is known for a number of powerful dance creations which shaped the development of modern theatre dance in both the UK and the rest of Europe. In 1994 he took the post of Artistic Director at The Place in London and, subsequently, formed his company, the Richard Alston Dance Company, for which he has created more than 20 works, among which was Volumina, first presented in 2005.

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Phoenix Dance Theatre
Formed in 1981, Phoenix Dance Theatre has grown to be one of Britain's foremost repertory dance companies. From 2003 to 2006 the Leeds-based troupe was led by Darshan Singh Bhuller; it performed his works along with creations by internationally renowned choreographers, such as Rui Horta, Maresa Von Stockert and Henri Oguike. To mark the company's 25th birthday, Phoenix premiered the surreal Snow White in Black by Arthur Pita and the Mexican-inspired Nopalitos by Javier De Frutos, who now directs the company.
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Picture credits
Rambert Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning,
Richard Alston Dance Company © Michelle Johnson,
Phoenix Dance Theatre © Chris Nash,

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