Once a year, the entire dance community comes together at the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, to acknowledge and honor the outstanding works, dance companies and choreographers that have moved us.

The award recipients are chosen by the Bessie Selection Committee, which consists of artists, dance presenters, producers, journalists, critics and academics.
“Congratulations to all of the nominees,” says Lane Harwell, Chair of the Bessies Steering Committee. “The range of artists represented demonstrates the power and promise of our art form—what is happening, what is possible, who we are and who we might become.”
Here are 10 upcoming shows featuring artists nominated by the Selection Committee for this year’s Bessies. Definite must sees for this fall dance season!

    Private: Liz Santoro: Watch It

    Museum of Arts and Design

    Thu, Nov 15, 2012 - Sat, Nov 17, 2012

    How do we receive attention, and how do we give attention? What drives it, what distracts it, what dissolves it? In "Watch It," Paris-based choreographer Liz Santoro returns to NYC with a work that asks what draws us to observe others, and what the answer to that question might say about us.

    Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo

    Apollo Theater

    Sat, Dec 01, 2012, 12:00 am

    The nation's premier Latino dance company transforms the stage of The Apollo Theater into a glamorous social dance hall with three company premieres that put a contemporary spin on Cuba's danzon, Argentina's tango, and 1980s Spanish pop. Vibrant live music rounds out the not-to-be-missed evening.

    Private: Darrah Carr Dance: ModERIN

    Irish Arts Center/An Claidheamh Soluis


    Fri, Nov 16, 2012 - Sun, Nov 18, 2012

    Building on the success of last year’s sold-out run, renowned guest choreographer Seán Curran returns with an innovative twist for the company’s trademark style of ModERIN: a unique blend of contemporary modern dance and traditional Irish step.

    Souleymane Badolo: Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO

    New York Live Arts


    Thu, Apr 25, 2013, 7:30 pm

    The evening will include a new untitled work guided by the Gurunsi divination system bagger, a ritual where form and structure are suggested through the meaning inherent in thrown cowrie shells. Also on the program, "Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO" is inspired by Badolo’s rich family legacy as it traces the journey of his great-great-grandfather.