NYC Bessie Nominees Announced!


July 2011 Announcement


The New York Dance and Performance Awards, aka The Bessies, will take place on Monday October 24, 2011 at 8 pm at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.

The Bessie Awards are very excited to announce that this year’s award ceremony will be held at one of the country’s most renowned and storied venues—Harlem’s Apollo Theater. To be presented in collaboration with the Apollo, the 2011 Bessie ceremony will be a true gathering of the city’s diverse and ever-expanding community of dancers. The landmarked Apollo Theater has played a pivotal role in American culture since the 1930s. The Apollo’s signature Amateur Night talent competition is known around the world, and its legacy of launching and nurturing talent and presenting seminal music, dance, and entertainment performances is unparalleled.

Lucy Sexton, Producer of The Bessie Awards, says, ―The Bessies are honored to be presenting the awards at this historic and vital venue. By coming to the Apollo, we really feel the Bessies are stepping out as a citywide celebration of dance. One of the imperatives of the Bessies is to provide increased visibility for our honored dance artists, so to present them at a theater that is known the world over really helps us put dance forward on the national and international stage. And the fact that it is such a dynamic performance space, one with a real community feel, is the icing on the cake. I couldn’t think of a more exciting place for the Bessies to happen.

From the famous Apollo chorus dancers to Honi Coles to Sammy Davis Jr. to Savion Glover, dance has been a cornerstone of the Apollo’s artistic offerings since the theater opened its doors in 1934 said Apollo Theater Executive Producer Mikki Shepard. "We are thrilled to expand our connections to the dance community through this new partnership with the Bessies, and look forward to sharing our own exciting new dance programming with the public in the coming seasons."

Tap dance artists and their work nominated this season include:
Outstanding Production (of a work that stretches the boundaries of a traditional or culturally specific form): 
Remembering Jimmy and Three to One by Michelle Dorrance, performed at Danspace Project and Los Muñequitos de Mantanzas with Max Pollak and Barbaro Ramos, performed at Symphony Space

Outstanding Sound Design or Composition:
Savion Glover for SoLe Sanctuary (choreographed by Savion Glover, 
performed at The Joyce)

Outstanding Individual Performance:
Caleb Teicher in A Shared Evening (choreographed by Michelle Dorrance 
and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards)

Congratulations everybody!