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!

    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.

    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.