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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 Alexander Varona
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The nominations for 2006 were:
Dane Hurst, Alexander Varona and Jennifer White

More information about each artist is given below:
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Dane Hurst
(Rambert Dance Company)

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Dane was trained at a community dance school. In 2002 he won the South African National Youth Dance Competition and a two year scholarship to the Rambert School. There he was 2003 runner up in the Cecchetti Barbara Geoghegan Award and joined Rambert Dance Company a year later. The full blooded attack and pure joy in all that Hurst dances brings added pleasure to Rambertís performances.

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Alexander Varona
(freelance)

The Cuban dancer Alexander Varona danced for 12 years with the  national folklorico company, also with Cuba's leading contemporary companies and in cabaret in Monaco. He came to prominence in the UK after being invited to join Carlos Acosta's show, Tocororo: A Cuban Tale, in which he played the Moor, a charismatic Havana gang leader, a role he reprised at the Coliseum in July. In 2006 Varona was also acclaimed for his performances as part of the Russell Maliphant Company.
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Jennifer White
(Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales)

London born Jennifer White was trained at Rambert School. Her precise technique and powerful interpretative drive, seen in a number of performances, including appearances at the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, have elicited the attention of many dance goers. White is a member of Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales, as from May 2006, after having spent one year as a companyís apprentice.
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Picture credits
Henry Montes © Richard Dean,
Dane Hurst © Chris Nash,
Alexander Varona © Hugo Glendinning,
Jennifer White © Roy Campbell-Moore.

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